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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board

Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Board Index

I've read that you should wait 12 weeks after childbirth to have a pap smear for more accurate results. It's also concerning that you feel your doctor isn't forthcoming with information. I personally was over-treated by my gynecologist and wish I had done things very differently, the first being to switch doctors even though I had been seeing him for almost 20 years and had previously gotten good treatment.

If it's any consolation, cervical cancer typically takes many years to develop from abnormal cells (I've read 10+ years with infections from high risk HPV types). So don't feel rushed into a treatment that you may regret especially since removal of lesions can lead to problems conceiving and carrying to term.

Unfortunately, we have to advocate for ourselves. And don't discount the value of your intuition / inner voice either.

Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.

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