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#1 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

Does anyone know how having cervical cancer affects your chances of conceiving? I just got a call from my gyno with the results of my last pap smear and was told they found cancerous cells. I've been referred to the colonoscopy clinic for further analysis but apparently I won't be told when my appt will be for another few weeks. I'm still kinda in shock, my gyno appt was afew weeks ago so I thought since I hadn't heard anything I was in the clear. Has anyone else been through this?

Edited by chloesmum2008, 27 November 2012 - 12:46 PM.

#2 Allymeg69

Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

OP, sorry you have received this shock. Do you know what level of abnormality is present? It is usually termed "CIN 1", "CIN 2" or "CIN 3", depending on how abnormal the cells are. Each of these levels, however, is pre-cancerous, not actually cancer as yet, but there is a risk that left untreated it could turn into cancer.

I assume you are being referred for a colposcopy which is another investigative procedure to look at your cervix, I had this done by my gyno in her rooms, a vinegar type substance is applied to the cervix, it might sting a little, and it shows up any unusual areas. Following this the doctor will know more about what treatment you might need.

Even if you have CIN 3, the usual treatment is a LLETZ procedure where the gyno uses an instrument to remove a thin layer of cells from right around the cervix. It is mostly done under light sedation, and recovery is pretty good. I had this done about 6 months before I conceived DS, and it didn't impact at all on conceiving or carrying the pregnancy.

Try not to stress too much at this stage, and good luck. Lots of women do go through this but thank God for pap smears that allow us to find these things before they do actually become really bad.

#3 Nepheline

Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (chloesmum2008 @ 27/11/2012, 01:33 PM)
Does anyone know how having cervical cancer affects your chances of conceiving? I just got a call from my gyno with the results of my last pap smear and was told they found cancerous cells. I've been referred to the colonoscopy clinic for further analysis but apparently I won't be told when my appt will be for another few weeks. I'm still kinda in shock, my gyno appt was afew weeks ago so I thought since I hadn't heard anything I was in the clear. Has anyone else been through this?

hi op,    
Sorry you are going through this. I'm going to assume that your pap smear has picked up the pre cancerous cells, so apologies if this is incorrect. In terms of ttc, when I went for a pap smear prior to ttc, they picked up cin 3. I saw a gyno in a matter of days so Id be surprised they are making you wait so long if the test showed cancerous cells. I hope it is just the precancerous lesions as this is very treatable and whilst it will delay your ttc it wont put an end to it! I was given the all clear to conceive at my four month colposcopy post treatment.

Apologies this is so brief, I'm typing on the iPad so I hope it makes sense. I'd be chasing up your gyno about the results and getting them to clarify. Whilst it is rare for a pap smear to detect likely cancerous cells it does happen and it is important that this is seen to urgently.

Edited by minimae, 27 November 2012 - 01:52 PM.

#4 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

I don't know what stage it is but they def said cancerous. It had been almost 6 yrs since my last pap so they said if I'd been getting them regularly it would've been picked up a lot earlier and probably would've only been precancerous then. I'm going thru the public health system so it can take a lot longer to be seen by the colposcopy clinic than if I went private. I had to wait over 7 months for my initial appt when an ultrasound picked up uterine calcified foci.

#5 jai*

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

Sorry to hear this, I hope you have some support at home.

Having cervical cancer shouldn't affect your chances of conceiving. The information I have at hand says it is very uncommon.
However it will affect the timing of any current/future TTC, and your pregnancy may be considered high risk. Depending on your treatment you might need a stitch in your cervix to strengthen it for a pregnancy.

But your doctor is the best person to be seeking advice on this issue.

I hope, despite going public, that you get some follow up care asap.

ETA my Mum had cervical cancer and fell pregnant after treatment.

Edited by jai*, 27 November 2012 - 02:42 PM.

#6 Nepheline

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Op, I'm so sorry this is happening to you. If they have said it is definitely cancerous then you need to see someone as soon as possible.  Perhaps you could go and talk to your GP about all of this?

Where abouts in Australia are you? I was seen as a public patient and I had an appointment for a colposcopy within days with a gyno-oncologist, and that was for cin3. I had the treatment, at no cost, about a week later. My case was fast tracked due to the fact I'd never had a pap smear before so there was a high chance it could've been cancer.

Wishing you the best of luck op, it's going to be a rough ride but with prompt treatment hopefully they will be able to treat it and preserve your fertility.

A good forum to look at is


It is a specialist site for people with cervical cancer. Perhaps if you post your question there you might get some good advice.

Be gentle with yourself at this difficult time.

#7 MrsLexiK

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE (chloesmum2008 @ 27/11/2012, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone know how having cervical cancer affects your chances of conceiving? I just got a call from my gyno with the results of my last pap smear and was told they found cancerous cells. I've been referred to the colonoscopy clinic for further analysis but apparently I won't be told when my appt will be for another few weeks. I'm still kinda in shock, my gyno appt was afew weeks ago so I thought since I hadn't heard anything I was in the clear. Has anyone else been through this?

I know a few ladies who have had cervical cancer in varrying forms.  The one who caught it the earliest had to have her cervix removed or part removed I am not 100% sure I know it was a hell of a lot more then just scrapping the cells away.  She did get pregnant after it (not actively TTC) and her GP informed her that she could carry to term but they would need to keep stiching her and lengthen some things.  As she was already older by this stage and had had some children she choose to not go down that path and let the pregnancy run its course.  If she had been younger or not had children then whilst it would have been high risk she may have been able to carry to term with the consent closing up stiches/stretching that would have been needed.

#8 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

Hahaha I've just realised my fone auto-corrected colposcopy to colonoscopy :/

#9 Fossy

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

I'd ring your doctor and double check the findings, did you get a letter?  Your gyno should be able to do the colposcopy, mine did.  

I had precancerous cells found, had a colposcopy 2 days later which showed cin3, then had a lletz 5 days later.  I wouldn't be waiting, especially not weeks!!  If it is cancerous it truly is a matter of life and death.

#10 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

I'm in S.A. and am being seen at flinders medical centre. They're sending me out a letter with info about what happens next and when my appt will be. I'm on the wait list for a hysteroscopy aswell so they're guna do both at the same time to save me having to be put under twice (apparently its necessary there for both procedures). It's now too late but I'm guna call them back tomoro so I can ask how long it'll be till I'll be seen by the colposcopy clinic but I doubt they'll be able to tell me much as its in a completely separate building at the hospital. Was asked wen on the fone if I had any questions but was in shock so couldn't think of any but now there's so much I wana ask...

#11 naturalgoodness

Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

I'm in SA and was seen by Jane Wood at the Cancer Clinic at Flinders Medical Centre. I was referred to her after my pap smear came back abnormal. She performed the colposcopy at the clinic and there wasn't much time between that result and my letz being performed. This was all public and I found they move fast when the risk is high.

My original pap smear was done at my 12 week check up after DS2. I have since had DD2 and am now due again in March 2013. I still get seen at the Cancer Clinic, have been going 6 monthly since but after my last result now 12 monthly original.gif

My smear was done by my GP and he is the one who referred me straight to the Cancer Clinic and Dr Wood so I am not sure if that is different than how you have been referred to FMC and whether that means you are being seen elsewhere.

#12 Fossy

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

Op the colposcopy is a simple diagnostic test, just like a pap smear but they take a small biopsy, it's only takes a few minutes and isn't an operation, no general required.  Don't wait til you have your hysteroscopy.

#13 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

The hospital said I have to be put under so they're doing the hysterpscopy at the same time as the colposcopy since the hysterpscopy would be afew months wait if I wasn't getting the colposcopy.  I'm def not waiting till the hysterpscopy to do the colposcopy.

This week is turning out to be way too stressful. Work is crazy, dd is sick, waiting on news re going guarantor on a loan for my mum and now this... I hope tomoro brings better news.

#14 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:19 PM

Got the letter in the post today,  my appt is on the 17th  of December so thankfully I'm not guna  be waiting as long as I was told yesterday.

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