A couple of weeks ago, I went in for a pap smear and check up. I was/am having a little bleeding and am about 5-6 years post-menopausal, so I was concerned.
The dr. did not do a pelvic or anything other than a very rough pap smear. He mentioned inflammation and "some" bleeding. OK, I knew that much.
The receptionist assured me that the results would be in by one week, or maybe sooner. I waited a week and a half, before calling them to see about the results. The smear had not been sent to the lab until that Monday - meaning it sat in their office a solid WEEK, before being sent out.
I was floored. I don't even know if a pap smear specimen will stay good that long, and cannot think of any reason for them to let it sit there like that.
Finally got the results, and it was all negative/normal. I asked the lady what about the bleeding and was there something to do for it. She said to let her talk to the dr. and call me back. She calls back and announces that the dr. said the bleeding was from menopause.
As I mentioned before, I'm post-menopausal, and have been going to this dr. for several years and it should've been in their records. Anyway, I told the lady this, and she acted surprised and wanted to talk to the dr. again and call me back. She never called.
I'm just so frustrated. I was clear that I wanted some type of treatment or some suggestion or something
about the bleeding and tenderness. What's causing it, and what can I do about it. This experience was so crazy. Plus, about 6 months ago, I tried to get this dr.'s office to schedule a mammography for me. Did they do it? Nope. It's been 4 years since I've had one.
Is this normal procedure for dr.'s? I'm going to look for another one soon, and probably get another pap smear/pelvic, but wanted to know if anyone else has had any experience like this? Do any dr.'s actually care about their patients anymore?
I still don't know why I'm bleeding and why I'm so "inflamed" and irritated, or what to begin to do about it, and far be it from me to call the dr's office anymore trying to find out.