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Old 08-19-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question prominent cervical blood vessels

Hi. I am a 45-year old, pre-menopausal mother of 4. Yesterday, when having my yearly pap smear, the NP said that she saw prominent blood vessels that were abnormal on my cervix. She said that after she got the results of the pap smear, I needed to have a colposcopy and biopsy. I have never had an abnormal pap. I do have increasingly heavy periods with lots of big clots. My periods are fairly regular. I have never been diagnosed with HPV. Can anyone help shed some light on this? Thank you

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Old 08-30-2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: prominent cervical blood vessels

I wouldn't go through the colposcopy and biopsy unless something were abnormal on the pap.
I too (at 37) have very prominent blood vessels covering the whole inside of my cervix and uterus - causing the heavy, clotty periods. It has now become worse just in the last 6 months and after an ultrasound, my gyn onc (went to him for some bad paps prior to preg - haven't had another bad one since giving birth 6 years ago) says I have adenomyosis. I am having a hysterectomy this year for the painful cramps, the heavy periods coming every 14 days, and my very low iron blood level.
I have dealt with this since a hysteroscopy a year after giving birth when he said I had the "rivers and pools of blood vessels - unlike anything he has ever seen before".
I think if you have no problems - do nothing - it's not that unusual for what some would call varicose veins of the uterus.
Let me know if you have more questions - I'll try to help.

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