Today I underwent a minor surgery known as a LLETZ or LEEP or wire loop excision. This procedure was a follow up from a recent pap smear I had, where they found abnormal cells. I was diagnosed with a CIN-2 abnormality (moderate dysplasia of cells that are often described as pre-cancerous). If untreated, these cells slowly develop into cervical cancer.
While this procedure is minor the ramifications are not, if I hadn't gone in for a pap smear I would never have known. I had no symptoms beforehand, and only was not due for my first pap smear (often given now at 25). I went fot an appointment on a whim.
Ladies! Your cervical and uterine health is so important. If you haven't and are due for a pap smear go and get one! While it seems scary or uncomfortable, I promise you it isn't. It's quick, virtually painless, and can catch abnormalities before they become cancerous.
Men! Talk to your ladies, girlfriends, sisters, cousins, mums, etc. about getting routine pap smears. It's important, and sometimes we need a little push; that first appointment can ve scary!
Below I have links to 2 videos by Dr. Lindsey Doe of Sexplanations. These are great resources and I found it super reassuring before my first test.
Post exam Q&A
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