Heavy bleeding after Smear

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Hi, sorry I have never posted on here before, but am in a panic. First of all I am 39, the mother of 3 children. Last year I had a hormonal Mirena coil fitted which lightened my period, but also knocked my cycle out meaning I could have my period every 2 weeks rather than every 4. Last week I went for my second smear this year, as I had irregularities last time and I have been bleeding after sex. Due to a weak pelvic floor, the nurse struggled with the smear, but got what she needed. She also booked me an appointment with my GP as I requested one. However since the smear I have been bleeding. Initially it was spotting, but in the past 24 hours it's been heavy, as in post- labour type heaviness. I wondered could my coil been knocked out of place and this has caused the bleeding. I can't get an appointment any earlier, but am panicking a bit.

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    If you're still worried and bleeding do you want to call the nhs free helpline? You simply phone them on 111.

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    Hi....if you are bleeding that heavily then i would either phone the Dr and get transferred through to an out of hours surgery. If thats not an option with the kids being in bed now then i would be on the phone first thing saying you need an emergency appointment. Dont be fobbed off. Either that or do you have a walk in centre you can go to? i know its not easy at this time of night but if you are losing a lot of blood you need to see a professional. im not writing this to scare you but i am trying to help. Sometimes you do bleed after a smear and you may have been grazed if the nurse was struggling but that wouldnt result in post birth type bleeding. im a couple of years older than you with children so understand what you are saying. Take care.
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    Thanks for the replies. Bleeding is still heavy for me. I have called NHS 24, nice, but no help and my surgery- a nurse is to call back. I feel so embarrassed by this. I don't want to make a fuss, or come across a drama queen. If I need to wait, I will wait. I really don't trust this coil.

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      I have continued to bleed since I posted this. I went to the nurse on the 31st of January and was prescribed Tranexanic Acid which lightened the bleeding, but it continued. Then I went to see the GP on the 5th of February and she took a quick look at my cervix and said she thought it looked a bit like a cervical erosion (ectropian). She sent me on my way, but a few days later the bleeding got heavy again and on the 22nd I saw the GP again. She gave me Norethisterone for a week to stop the bleeding. It's not stopped, but lightened. Unfortunately I got my smear results in and they say I have abnormal cells and need to attend colposcopy next week. I feel scared and frankly angry that my GP has made me feel as if I shouldn't be bothering them . I have three young children, one of which is autistic and I might not be the best mother in the world, but they need me and I am really scared about what the hospital is going to tell me. I am sorry to rant here, but I don't have anyone to talk to.

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      So sorry that you're having such a worrying time. Fear of the unknown can lead us to imagine the worst scenarios. It's not too long now until your colposcopy appointment: it'll be better when you've got a clearer idea of what's going on. It's harder if you've got no one to talk to. You might consider phoning up a helpline run by one of the gynaecological cancer charities. Don't be put off by the cancer word: these charities are well versed on the topic of cervical abnormalities and are very understanding of how much anxiety they can cause.

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      I came across this while searching for heavy bleeding after a smear. I am 41 and had a smear a week ago, I have cervical erosion/ ectropion but have always had clear smear results in the past. I had spotting after the smear but a week later find myself bleeding heavier than my usual heavy periods and with clots (I have a copper coil so heavy periods aren’t unexpected). I am concerned as my normal period was only two weeks ago and I have problems with my iron levels in the past. I don’t expect much from my GP as it’s impossible to get an appointment before 2 weeks at the best of times, but I will ring them this morning in the hope of some advice.  Thank you for posting about this as it makes me feel that I am not alone,  the majority of the NHS information is pretty vague! I hope you are well recovered now.
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