Hysteroscopy Vs Colposcopy

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Hello, 

Am new here and terrified. About 4 months before I noticed a streak of blood with cervical mucus. I kept spotting and seeing mucus with blood till now. Furthermore, my period is heavier and I got it more frequently. At first the gynecologist said that it is because of the IUD , I asked another opinion he said maybe it is some infections and ordered a Pap smear which was normal. I thought maybe it is from the IUD till last week i decided to remove the IUD because I always have that anxiety that I have cancer. I was shocked that I still have spotting.

I went to the doctor and he said that he will investigate further and I was waiting for the approval. I thought he ordered colposcopy as i know that this is the diagnostic procedure.I have been reading a lot … 

now the insurance company called me to inform that I got the approval for hysteroscopy!!!! Actually l, I can’t trust that gynecologist I feel that he has Alzheimer’s. have been waiting a lot and I feel like l lost a year minimum . Do you advise seeing another doctor to order colposcopy instead! And wait even more ?! Am really lost and angry

  • Hi  and welcome to our group.

    We are not medical professionals here in the group, only patients, so we can’t really give a view on why your doctor may have suggested a hysteroscopy as opposed to a colposcopy. One procedure, colposcopy, examines the cervix and the hysteroscopy examines the womb.

    It can be very common to have both procedures when investigating gynaecological issues. I am assuming you are not in the UK as you talk about insurance approval and this is a UK charity site where the vast majority of us have our diagnosis and treatment for free under our national health service (unless you have private health insurance).  You are welcome of course to be with us, but you would need to be aware that processes and procedures may differ if you are not in the UK. For example we can’t comment on the possible procedure for getting a second opinion if you are not in the UK. 

    I’d ask your doctor why he has ordered a hysteroscopy, as it seems like he is unsure what your issue is at the moment, and that some further tests are required. Do you think you may have cervical cancer?

    Sarah xx


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  • Thank you so much Sarah for your reply…

    am not in UK I don’t know any other forum for cervical cancer …

    I think I have cervical cancer coz am spotting and bleeding is bright red with cervical mucus that is watery sometimes as well 

    :(

  • You are still of course welcome to be in the group despite not being in the UK, but I just wanted you to be aware that most of us are in the UK so will be talking about our system here. 


    There can be many different reasons for spotting or even unusual  bleeding without it being anything as serious as cancer, so there’s a very  good probability that there is another reason for your issues, especially if you are young and as you say have been using an IUD. 

    If you are using Google to try to diagnose yourself, I would suggest that you try not to do this. Google cannot give you answers for your situation but may give you unnecessary and scary information which might never apply to you. 

    The best thing to do is speak to your doctor, and if you do not want to use the same doctor then try to find another one who can help. It is definitely important to have trust in any doctor treating you.

    Sarah xx


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  • Thank you so much I really appreciate it. Maybe I should stick to my doctor and stop trusting my medical information. You are right I am driving myself crazy reading a lot … 

  • It can be difficult to interpret what you are reading if you don’t have medical knowledge or personal experience of cancer.

    The internet can be a good source of information of course, but there is a lot of incorrect information out there. You do not know if the person posting the information is qualified to do so.I would recommend trusting your doctor, and changing doctors if you feel for any reason that you cannot. 

    If you find you are very anxious about having cancer, then perhaps you might consider getting some help with these feelings. In a group like this there is obviously a lot of discussion about cancer and treatments, but you haven’t got a cancer diagnosis so it might make you more anxious. 

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  • I can’t thank you enough .. am trying my best to control my anxiety through counseling and many other things .. nothing is working… I have a deep feeling that there is something serious 

  • It can be really hard to manage anxiety-I do understand this as I have been through it myself, although it was not specifically health related anxiety. I’m so sorry that none of the things you are trying are working for you. I had medication and counselling and found both helpful. 

    There are other things like deep breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques that I also found useful to help me stop having panic attacks. And I NEVER used dr Google! 

    Often people come to the group convinced they have cancer, but the only way you can find that out is by having investigations carried out by a doctor and ultimately through a biopsy. I hope you don’t ultimately get such a diagnosis, and it is something much less sinister that is causing your problems.

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