How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by kwanz on Thu Mar 01, 2012 07:57 AM
I write this post not to dismiss the experiences of the women that have posted before, but to share my experience with this procedure. I researched this only after I already had the procedure performed. And if I had read these posts prior to, I would be pretty terrified. Every doctor, patient, and that patient's tolerance for pain differs. So please keep that in mind as you read this:
I was referred to an OBGYN after I had an abnormal PAP. They were able to fit me in after a meeting due to my hectic schedule. I was advised that I not only needed a colposcopy but was also going to have the Leep procedure done because of the level of abnormal cells in my cervix. I was not at all prepared for this, and like I said, would have been completely terrified if I had the chance to research and read these posts. This is why I'm writing this. If I can help just one woman be calm during this procedure I'm happy to share. My OBGYN (who I was referred to by my general practitioner, and had never met prior) went over the procedure with me in his office and spared no detail. I knew fully what to expect when I went in the op room. It was uncomfortable, no doubt. Not necessarily painful. More uncomfortable than a PAP, but not that much more. If your doctor talks you through what is happening while it is happening, it really is just as bad as getting a flu shot, only a flu shot in your privates. The only slight pain I felt was the sting from the local anesthetic shot, in my privates. And then it was over. From pants off to pants on it took about 20 minutes. This procedure by no means affects your ability to have a completely normal pregnancy, nor does it even begin to mean you have cancer. If you are having this procedure done, please pat yourself on the back, because it means you care enough about yourself to have yourself checked and taken care of. You are on your way to being a healthier person. Let this be a reminder to have a regular PAP and stress the importance of having a regular PAP to all your ladies. This is a good thing. You are strong, and amazing. It's not scary, it's not painful. I would say uncomfortable at best. I went grocery shopping immediately after, and went to work the next morning. I have never felt healthier, knowing that I fought one small personal fight against the risk of cervical cancer. If you have any questions about the details of the procedure I am happy to answer. Thanks!
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