Re: Confused about my test results and potential tests
I totally know how you feel. I went to have my routine pap at my Student Health Center because I lost my insurance when I lost my job last year, so I don't even have a OBGYN at this point. I guess that's why the next logical step was to have a Colpo just because I don't have a gyn to look at my results I guess. I don't know, I could be wrong on that. They ended up sending me the results in the mail too, and the Nurse Practitioner had written 'Atypical' on the paper so I guess they were ASCUS with High Risk HPV present.
I was so scared when I had the Colpo cause I was having such a busy week at school and not really in the mood to be poked and proded and possibly biopsied. Once that reality sank in I got very nervous. I had to wait 3 weeks after I got my results too, because the OBGYN only comes in once a month to do these types of procedures. So it was a whole month afterward. The initial sting of knowing I had HPV had subsided but I was still sad and still am to this day. Anyway, she really comforted me and assured me whatever may be wrong, we can correct it since we would be catching anything early. She took about 10 minutes total for everything, it was very quick and it wasn't painful...at first. I heard her mumble something to the nurse about 'biopsy' and I got very upset. Then she said, looks like you're good! No biopsy needed. (I guess she said, no biopsy needs to be done.) What a relief. She told me just to check up on it in 6 months with another pap, and just some tips like exercise and taking vitamins with folic acid to kind of help my immune system assist in suppressing this since I am still young. So I will see in 6 months, hopefully it won't be any worse. I am just glad I can look forward, but ultimately I do feel betrayed and of course this will loom over me until I get some good paps in the future hopefully. Additionally, I did experience some cervical pain for about 3 - 4 days after the procedure. I didn't really see what she did, but it felt like cramps for that long! For some piece of mind, it was worth it.