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Hi all, in 2011 after my youngest was born I had a smear done and abnormal cells we're found and i had to have them removed (not a nice experience) Was given the all clear in 2012 and told I was going back onto smears every 3 years. I feel so let down now tho, I'm having discomfort and pain in my abdoman, which is going round to the bottom of my back. Light headedness and nausea, bloated stomach. Have done a pregnancy test which was Neg, so decided to book myself in for a smear to be told it was not possible as I'm not due one until May...Why do we have to wait the full length of time, does anyone know??? Was told today by a doc I'd just have to wait for May :-( sorry for the Essay and thank you for reading.

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    I don't no Donna but If you are having symptoms insist on one I've just had my first I'm 24 and after refusing me 3 times its come back abnormal. I'm waiting for a concloscopy.

    Speak to practice manager xx

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    if you have symptoms, you need a proper investigation. Pap tests, colonoscipes etc are screening tests for people with no symptoms.

    so if you're concerned, see your doctor about your symptoms, NOT for a pap test.

    I'm not surprised you had "abnormal" cells after giving birth, pap testing should not be done during pregnancy or for six months after giving birth, hormonal changes and

    birth trauma means a false positive is even more likely.

    huge numbers of women have unnecessary pap testing, excess biopsies and have

    "treatments". The tragedy is most of this damage is avoidable if we follow the

    evidence. The new Dutch program is the best in the world, in my opinion, for those

    who wish to screen, they'll scrap population pap testing, a cruel burden for the vast

    majority of women who cannot benefit, but can be harmed...and offer instead 5 HPV primary tests or you can self test at ages 30,35,40,50 and 60 and a five yearly pap

    test will only be offered to the roughly 5% who are HPV+ and at risk.

    Most women are having unnecessary pap tests and that can lead to some ugly and harmful places.

    i do not have pap tests, HPV- women cannot benefit.

    so, if you're symptomatic, a pap test is inappropriate, see a doctor about your

    symptoms. If she or he suggests a pap test, I'd see another doctor, it would suggest

    to me the doctor does not understand the difference between a screening and

    diagnostic test.

    remember that cervical cancer has always been fairly rare, the lifetime risk is less than 1%...0.65% to be precise, but false positives, excess biopsies and over- treatment are fairly common, especially in young women, when screened excessively or inappropriately. Here in Australia serious over- screening and early screening means we have huge over-treatment rates. Of course, this generates huge profits for vested interests, but is a lousy deal for women.


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    pay private to have one done! i know its pricy but dont put a price on

    your health

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    You seem to be mis-informed about what a smear test is. Smear tests are for women who have NO symptoms that anything is wrong, ie a screening test. They detect any abnormalities in cells on the cervix, to monitor if these might progress to something worse in years to come. If you have a problem, pain or illness, then you need to get this problem diagnosed by your doctor. This is not what a smear test is for.

    The younger the woman is, the more prevalent the HPV virus is and the more unreliable the smear test is in young women. There is a high risk of you getting a false result as a young woman undergoing smear testing, hence the World Health Organisation and some other countries do not recommend smear testing women under age 30.

    If you are under 30, 1 in 3 women will be getting false positive results, which will give you a huge amount of worry, and unpleasant testing for nothing. That's why there is a choice in whether to take up your invitation.

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    Hey guys i had a positive hpv test and borderline cervic test no symptoms but like donna i had a tramatic birth in 2013 with my youngest my materinaty hospital caused a cord prolaspe i had a Pos hpv last year and again now but the nurse at rhe gp surgery that took the sample this time and made me bleed would that cause a border line problem or effect my results???
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