Cervical cancer?

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Hello all.

I was told last June through my smear that I'm hpv positive so need to go back this year for a follow up.

I'm 34, have irregularish periods anyway but this period is different. Its really heavy and although I've had clots before these are pretty big, probably about thr size of a 50p piece. I'm so worried. 

I don't know what I'm expecting out of this post but everyone is just telling me not to worry... and that doesn't help me stop worrying.

Im gonna ring the drs tomorrow and speak to someone but i just need to get this out.

Thank you if you got this far xx

  • Hi  and welcome to our group.

    I won’t say to stop worrying because you clearly are concerned, but it’s a big jump from a heavy period to cervical cancer.

    You are doing the best thing in phoning the doctor, and hopefully you can get an appointment to have a talk through your concerns and get some advice, and hopefully reassurance. There can be many reasons for a heavy or unusual period, and most are likely to be much less sinister than cancer. 

    Having hpv is extremely common, and will affect most of the sexually active population at some point in their lives. Usually our own immune systems can keep on top of it, but having hpv does not mean you would ever necessarily develop cancer.

    When you were given your hpv positive result, did you have any abnormal cells? Did you have a colposcopy? Even having abnormal cells doesn’t mean you would ever develop cancer because the point of cervical screening is to identify these at an early stage and treat them if required. 

    I hope there’s nothing sinister going on, but please let us know how things go.

    Sarah xx


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  • Thank you for your reply Sarah.

    It's drummed into you from a young age to be wary about things like this isn't it, and I'm already a very anxious person so that doesn't help lol. 

    All I picture is thinking "it's nothing" then in six months being told its serious and too late.

    Thank you for the reassurance though, and likelihood is it's not but it's a big worry xx

  • No-one can tell you categorically that it’s not serious, but you’ll get a chance to be seen by a doctor and if they are concerned in any way then you would be referred to a gynaecologist for further investigation. 

    You are taking very prompt action on having symptoms of concern, and that’s the main thing. I hope you get some answers soon.

    Sarah xx


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  • I understand ur worry however cc can take 5-10 years to show and it’s fairly slow growing and as Sarah says it usually starts with abnormal cells that they deal with before it turns into cc.  My cc was light bleeding over a long period of time - although not everyone is the same.  Irregular periods and big clots could be PCOS.  But I’m not a dr !  Get it all checked and try not to worry in meantime - easier said than done I know x 

  • Hi  

    Did you manage to get an appointment with your doctor? Hope you did and that you have been reassured now. If you need any further support, please remember we are all here to help if we can.

    Sarah xx


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