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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am due to have colposcopy emaination in a couple of weeks, of which time I will be on my period. I know that it it not advised to attend an colposcopy examination at this time, but I am on the oral contraceptive pill, will skipping my break to delay my period affect the examination and/or any results? I do not want to re-schedule as I have been waiting a while just to get this appointment. Thanks.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Iam and reading ur query
Doctor :   No Periods have no impact on colonoscopy results
Doctor :   It is just a physical inconvenience for you to have colonoscopy when u r having periods
User :   so it will be ok for me to continue my next packet and not have a break to delay my period in order to go ahead with my examination?
Doctor :   y
User :   As I was told by my gp that they won't perfrom the examination if I have my period. Can I also ask, what do they look for during this examination?
User :   it is a colposcopy and not a colonoscopy
Doctor :   As your GP said it may be inconvenient for him when you are bleeding
Doctor :   So you can either or post pone periods when u r going for colonoscopy for convenience of MD
Doctor :   There are 28 pills in pill box
User :   21 in mine
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   21 are harmones
User :   no I only have 21, its the combined pill cilest
Doctor :   After how many day sof 21 pills usage u gey periods
Doctor :   *get
Doctor :   *of
User :   after the 21 days, i have a 7 day break of which on day 4 of that break my period starts and lasts for 5 days
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Then use conterminously with out any break because ur MD suggested not to have periods during the scopy
User :   ok then thank you. Waht
User :   *what eactly are they looking for during the examination? what can they find? I have been referre by gp due to my cervical ectropion.
Doctor :   How old r u ?
User :   22
Doctor :   When did u had the pap smear? and what r the results?
User :   I haven't had one yet, is that the same as a smear test? my gp won't do it until I'm 25.
Doctor :   Are you sexually active, if so how long?
User :   yes, for 6 years
Doctor :   Then by this time you have
Doctor :   It recommended 3 yr after the start of intercourse
User :   I'm not sure then, I may have had one. I have had tests taken that have all come back normal, and not too long ago, a coiuple months ago
Doctor :   in Colposcopy , they will look at your cervix with an miscoscope
Doctor :   and take a biopsy /sample from the abnormal area
User :   Am i likely to have an abnormal area due to my ectropion then?
Doctor :   Cervical ectropion (or cervical erosion) is a condition in which the central columnnar epithelium protrudes out through the external os of the cervix.
User :   ok.
Doctor :   increased surface area of columnar epithelium containing mucus-secreting glands.
Doctor :   It is just an increases columnar cells
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   However, MD want to confirm the finding with the biopsy results
User :   will they give me a local anastetic if they take a biopsy?
Doctor :   He also wants to look for any other kind of abnormal cells
Doctor :   They give local anestheisia
Doctor :   It is small sligtly painful procedure
Doctor :   *slightly
User :   ok and afterwards I will be ok to drive home, or would it be best for someone to take me back home?
Doctor :   u can take ibuprofen for pain for pain after the procedure
Doctor :   You can go home immediately
Doctor :   You may have some mild bleeding
Doctor :   You need to use pads
Doctor :   because they take the biopsy there will be a raw area
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   Usually the bleeding from biopsy site will stop in clinic
Doctor :   But better to have pad and take ibuprofen
User :   ok
Doctor :   As I told you before, Pap smear is indicated every yr in sexually active women
Doctor :   They do vaginal exam and with brush they take cells from cervix and do microscopy f. This Pap test
Doctor :   Pap is screening test for cancer of cervix
User :   I was told that they can find un-necessarily worrying abnormal results if performed in females before the age of 25. hence why when I mentioned having one to my gp, he said I was too young and I would automatically recieve an appoitment when I am 25 then every 3-5yrs after that.
Doctor :   Because u have cervical ectropion , they are doing it under microscipy
User :   ok
Doctor :   Here I am insisting one point,
Doctor :   Pap is very good tool for detecting cervical cancer
Doctor :   there are different stages in cancer
Doctor :   Actually initially it is not cancer
User :   ok, is it the same as a cervical smear test but just a different name some people use?
Doctor :   What they find is : abnormal cell
Doctor :   Y
Doctor :   If they find abnoraml cell, they will do biopsy
Doctor :   Abnormal cells over years probably 5 yrs become cancer
Doctor :   So if they find abnormal cell they bioppsy and burn with cautery
Doctor :   Cervical smear is Pap smear
User :   ok so they are the same thing. Then I know for sure that I've not had one. I have asked for one to several gp's but all refuse to do it as I'm inder 25.
Doctor :   Did they examined your Pelvis/cervix before Pa smar
Doctor :   I mean before they say no to pap , did they examined your cervix
User :   I have had swabs taken, and had internal pelvic examinations and had my cervix looked at by a doctor who discovered my ectropion and had ultrasound scans, all were normal.
Doctor :   Then what ios the results of swab?
Doctor :   normal.
Doctor :   ....
Doctor :   *is
User :   yes all were normal and scan was fine too, no abnormalities
User :   yes they were all normal and so was unltrasound scan, no abnormalities.
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