Hi, I ve been having a few problems the last few months. All started with bleeding after sex, then went to bleeding during sex. I m also having quite a lot of watery discharge all the time. My cervix is quite low and I have found some lumps around it. I have been to my GP several times and after a lot of persuasion I have got a smear test next week (after waiting nearly 3 months for it!!!) as I am only 23 the doctor didn t want to send me for a smear test. His words were you won t have cervical cancer your too young! Which we all know is simply not true people younger than me have been diagnosed. I have been sexually active since 16 and I also have a young child. The bit that worries me the most is the lumps that I can feel. So my question is, is it possible that I have cervical cancer and if so the lumps I can feel would that actually be it??? Obviously I won t know anything for certain until smear next week but I m worried sick and just need to know the possibilities of what could be happening ev! Thank you
It is great that you have urged your doctor to take a Pap smear test, but you have to be mindful that what it actually detects is inflammation and cellular changes in the cervical tissue. Patients that do not have any infection with the HPV(Human Papiloma Virus) can still exhibit various cellular changed that can be caused by other causes such as : bacteria, hormonal changes, pregnancy, yeast infections and the list continues. So even if you get your test back, and the results are that you have a significant inflammation on cervix(which you probably), do not panic. It still does not mean you have cancer.
Now, usually from the time you are infected with HPV and until cervical cancer develops (if at all) is a matter of years. 10-20 years on average. This is why your doctor is pretty convinced that there is a low chance of you already having a fully developed cancer. I am speaking generally here, because there are selective cases in which it will develop a lot faster.
Regarding your symptoms. I would ask you if I could, on how you felt the bumps? Can you feel them by putting pressure on the lower part of your abdomen, can you feel them by palpating from inside the vagina? Nonetheless they can be a number of things, from genital papilloma(genital warts), to inflammed lymph nodes. Cervical cancer is not one that you can casually palpate and feel lumps about at the entrance to the uterus. This is why we have screening tests to detect it. It is not obvious from a simple exam.
Nonetheless you should not worry yourself. Your symptoms do not scream cervical cancer. Yet it is great to get yourself checked out, especially since you are sexually active. Even if the pap smear shows irregularities do not worry, your doctor will know how to proceed if something alarming shows up. Since you are young, I recommend for you to vaccinate yourself against the HPV if possible. It will give you peace of mind and eliminate one great threat for the future.
I hope I was of some help.
Havea a great day.
Well you at least got swabbed for the std's and you should've already had a pap when you started having sex and evry 2-3 years since then. Cervical cancer takes 15+ years to fully develop..
i just had surgery 2 months ago for cervical cancer. i was at stage 0. i had ZERO symptoms. i had a routine pap smear and they sent me a letter saying some abnormal cells were found. i had to go in for 3 biopsies and they confirmed it. had to have a LEEP. if you Dr. is refusing to give you any testing, find another Dr. if there is something there, finding it early is key.
Cervical cancer is just one of the possible diagnoses, and actually not a very likely one. It's possible that you've developed one of the conditions mentioned by another poster, or you may have caught a sexually-transmitted disease.
As you say, you'll know more when your test results come back.
Cancer is a remote possibility. More common causes are adverse reactions to birth control, uterine fibroids or polyps (which would feel like lumps), and several endocrine problems.
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