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You want to freeze my WHAT?! (cervix)

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11:31 am
March 16, 2005


tracylyn

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Ok, so My Dr. wants to freeze my cervix. The nurse explained it a bit but what the hell does that mean?!?!?!?!

Just wondering if anyone here has any insight or has had this done.

The problem is that I spot all month long and I actually bleed more during ovulation than I do for my normal period. About a year and a half ago they ran every test you can think of and found nothing. My Dr said then that it's just the way my body is acting (as I'm getting older). He put me on different birth control which helped a bit but not much. Recently, I've started bleeding during sex. Freaks me out…and my bf isn't too thrilled about the surprise!!!

So – Dr's advise, freeze my cervix. The nurse said this would destroy the cells and my body will create new ones.

t

11:36 am
March 16, 2005


Cici

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You have a friable cervix, which is usually caused by either HPV (which is common, 80% of the sexually active population has had or currently has this disease) or abnormal cells on the cervix. The procedure you are talking about is a little less invasive than the procedure I went through in 2003 when I had cervical cancer.

The abnormal cells are frozen off, you can't do the nasty for 6 weeks and this weird discharge comes out, and hopefully the abnormal cells (which can be pre-cancerous) will be gone and the bleeding after sex will stop).

Your doctor really should be explaining things better, though. Careful about this – cervical health is very important and some doctors are too cavalier about taking off parts of the cervix here and there.

11:47 am
March 16, 2005


tracylyn

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Thanks Cici ~

I did some on-line research but it really just explains the procedure.

I've been with this Dr for about 15 years and we've been dealing with this problem for about the last 2 with really no resolution.

I'm wondering now if the spotting is even related to the bleeding during sex. The spotting has been going on for a while and the other just recently started.

I have regular check ups and pap smears…just had one 3 months ago, wouldn't that have found the HPV?

11:48 am
March 16, 2005


tracylyn

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I forgot to add that I didn't even go into the office for an exam. I explained to the nurse what was going on, she talked to the Dr, called me back and wanted to schedule the freeze.

I'm guessing because he knows history it's what he's decided to do.

5:16 pm
March 16, 2005


tracylyn

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Ok, What Cici said kind of freaked me out so I talked to the Dr.

Seems I do not have HPV or anything else. He says that most likely there are damaged tissue around the cervix that bleed when there is friction (like sex). He wants to freeze those cells so my body can rejuvenate new ones and hopefully stop the bleeding.

Anyway….anyone had this done before?

1:09 am
March 17, 2005


addicts wife

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Well, I had what CiCi explained, at a young-ish age, andNo one explained a damn thing to me, They made me feel dirty actually, which Is why I got involved in healthcare…..
Anywaaay…
I would Totally, andsincerely get a 2nd opinion. Anyone who wants to schedule a Procedure that does Not run tests, or do a physical exam first is a red flag to me.
Did your Doc tell you the "technical" name of this procedure? Or what he diagnosed you with, without an exam?
~not to alarm, but i am curious.
~AW

12:12 pm
March 17, 2005


tracylyn

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Thanks Aw –

I think he didn't examine me because we've been dealing with this for a while and this was the next step he was planning.

I scheduled it for mid April but I may let April go by and see what my body is doing.

t

1:15 pm
March 17, 2005


Cici

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I would get a second opinion, if it were me.

1:57 pm
March 17, 2005


tooscared

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Doesn't sound like a very pleasant procedure Tracy. I know you feel confident with your doctor, but you might get a second opinion just to make sure of what you want to do.

I can understand why you would want to get something done though because the bleeding shouldn't be happening like this. Take care and just trust yourself in what you want to do.

Love, TS

8:34 pm
March 22, 2005


free

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I had this done- was not a big deal.

You get in the "ride the pony" position- you know, with feet in stirrups, and they put the thing in your vagina that opens it up- just like for a pap smear, and they put a liquid- the same stuff they freeze warts off with I think- on your cervix.

You cramp during the procedure- a dull, aching cramp kind of like an early child labor cramp, and you cramp up a little bit afterwards. Iboprofen is enough of a pain killer for it. It only takes a few minutes at most.

You wear a pad for days kuz you have this real runny discharge- very watery, and you go in a few days later to have the dead tissue removed. You don't have to, your body will flush it out in time (as I was told). I opted out and regretted it. Called the doctor and scheduled that appointment, kuz yep, your body will work it out, but like I told him, anything that smells that grotesque surely cannot be healthy. I gagged every time I dropped my drawers on the toilet. ugh. He used a q-tip and got the dead tissue out and that didn't hurt a bit. Then it all cleared up over the next couple of weeks.

Freezing the cervix is common procedure for women who have any form of dysplasia- pre-cancerous cells. It's done all the time and isn't a biggie.

Just- kinda gross.

Hope this eases your butterflies about it.

Good luck to you.

free

10:17 pm
March 22, 2005


addicts wife

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When i had a Loop Procedure, It was "burned Off" dysplasia area, Not frozen. They use a teeny tiny instrument thats hooked up to a machine that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, and the instrument itself Looks like a teeny cheese slicer, the kind that is an oval wire across a Y shape thing. It smelled, and theres a discharge like coffee grounds due to dried blood from where they cauterized the area. There was mild cramping, but the biopsy befoe was much worse for me.
It is Very VERY common, when i worked at Planned Parenthood, we did about 10-20 per week.
A lot of the young women, and girls I counseled about hte procedure felt awful about what was going on, basically because no one had told them much about it and a few of them even told me that at their Primary GYN's that they were made to feel "dirty, or like bimo's or something, which was awful to me, so I always made sure i took the time to advise, educate, and inform the patients. They would go to Planed Parenthood for the procedure frequently becasue their private MDs were too wxpensive and the were uninsured, it just amazed me how mny girls walked in not knowing a thing about what was going on with their own bodies.. But i also know that stress can play a big factor in not retaining info, So ,sometimes I'd give them a business card tell them my name and said t ocall if they have any questions afterwards.
Anywaaaaay…. I hope you're doing okay, since you first posted this thread, I was thinking about ya' so I thought I'd post again.
Take care, sweetie,
~AW


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