After experiencing spotting between cycles, I booked in for an appointment with my Gynaecologist. I already had a Cervical Screening Test 5 months prior (which came back all good), so cervical cancer wasn’t even on my radar as a cause for my symptoms.
Upon examination, my doctor sat me down and said I had ‘an extensive amount of abnormal/precancerous cells all across my cervix and an ectropion that also had suspicious cells.’ I was booked in for emergency surgery immediately and was having surgery less than a week later. Because it was so extensive and I was very sensitive in that area, I had to go in under general anesthetic and had a D&C and LLETZ procedures performed.
I experienced bleeding for 10 weeks after my procedures. This occurred during the height of our corona virus lock-downs and very difficult as I have no support network as my family lives in a different state.
I’m so glad I took the initiative to go to a specialist for what seemed such a ‘minor’ symptom. I’ve always been on-top of my screenings so I was very surprised that in 5 months this developed so aggressively (which is not very common).