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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board


Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Board Index


At your age, it would be incredibly rare for you to have cervical cancer (it typically starts off as dysplasia- precancerous cells- and takes years to develop into cancer if left untreated).

A PAP should effectively rule out cervical cancer or dysplasia. If you have a normal PAP result and you're still not satisfied that you don't have cervical cancer, request a colposcopy or biopsy.
I don't know if they'll do that, but it doesn't hurt to ask. PAPs can be wrong and give false negative results, in rare instances.

Young women in their teens and early 20s often have something called cervical ectropion or cervical erosion.
This is a normal condition for many young women. Basically, your cervix is just "young". It's not toughened up yet. The skin on your cervix is tender and raw, and bleeds easily.
This condition is also common among women who take birth control pills. Hormones cause it.
It can result in spotting or bleeding after intercourse.
Ask your doctor about it.
No treatment is needed, because it isn't dangerous and usually goes away on its own as you get older.

Your PCOS is likely responsible for some of your lower abdominal pain and abnormal bleeding, as well.

I have heard of vaginismus, but I don't know much about it. I think its pretty rare. I think I've read that it's partly psychological, partly physiological... in other words, a psychological condition which triggers a physical response. Does that sound right?
I'm curious as to whether the doctor was able to insert a speculum to do your exam, and whether this caused you great pain.
Are you able to insert tampons and other objects?
If the pain and "closing off" only occurs when you try to have intercourse, then perhaps the problem is more psychological than physical.
Anyway, your doctor would be the best source of information about this condition.
I'm very sorry you have it, if you do. I hope you're able to find some relief.

I'd forget about cervical cancer. You don't have it, and you have enough on your plate, it sounds like, without worrying about things you [I]don't[/I] have.
If you had cervical cancer, your doctor would've detected it already. It's easily detectable during a routine pelvic exam with a PAP, and besides, you're just too young for it.

Best of luck to you!





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