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Cervical Cancer?
Feb 7, 2011
For the past few months my periods have been wonky. It started right about when I started weaning my two year old. I spot a week before my period starts. I've also noticed quite a bit of blood after intercourse.

Also right before my last period I had red bleeding with my bowl movements which has never happened before and hasn't happened again so far. I have hemorrhoids and have had them since my early twenties.

I asked my midwife if the spotting could be hormonal due to weaning and she said maybe but ordered a bunch of blood tests and an ultrasound along with doing a pap. The blood tests came back normal. So now I'm just waiting on the pap results and my ultrasound appointment this week.

So now I'm freaking out a bit because after a little research via Dr. Google I've found out my symptoms could be cervical cancer. And of course the waiting is driving me nuts!

I had an abnormal pap about eight years ago and had a colposcopy done. I was told I had high risk HPV but have since had normal pap smears.

I'm 34 years old and I've been healthy thus far and no other symptoms really. I have been more tired then usual lately and I've been going to bed earlier. I'm fine until about 5pm though and I go about my day as usual until the exhaustion hits me at that time.

What are the chances I have cancer? The waiting is killing me!

Thanks
Could be cervical cancer.
It's more likely to be endometrial polyps, which are benign, far more common than cervical cancer, and cause the same symptoms.
The bleeding after bowel movements suggests it: this is common with cervical/endometrial polyps.
They can be removed in a simple procedure- you'll be home a few hours later.
They're almost always benign.

So definitely go to the doctor, get a PAP, etc... but don't be too frightened yet, because there are a number of common benign conditions which can cause these symptoms as well.

Best of luck to you.
Thank you for your reply!

I'm still waiting for the results of my tests. I'll post here when I get the news.
My pap came back normal my HPV test negative.

I had my pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound seven hours ago and I won't receive results until Monday or Tuesday.

I told the ultrasound tech that I that the midwife thought that my spotting could be hormones (I'm weaning my son) but when the tech was about done she asked when I had my baby. I told her two years ago. She then said, "so it's probably not hormones then." Which of course believes me to think she saw something. She was looking at my left ovary when she said this so of course now I can't sleep because I fear I have ovarian cancer.

She of course couldn't tell me anything though I wish I would have asked to maybe calm my fears.

Anyway, I'm scared and I don't know how I'm going to get through the next few days!
I seriously doubt it- do you know how rare ovarian cancer is in younger women?
I'm sure it's polyps, or a fibroid, or an ovarian cyst, or maybe even endometrial hyperplasia. Not cancer of any sort.

Congrats on being HPV negative! Good luck.


PS- you're actually better off if the problem is mechanical- like a cyst or a polyp- than if it's hormonal.
If it's a mechanical problem, they can simply cut off whatever is causing it, and your problem will be solved.
If it's hormonal, you'll be taking pills for months, if not forever, and they still might not get it solved.
I'll take a polyp over a hormone problem any day!

So don't worry too much that the doctor thinks it's "not hormonal". That's probably a good thing. That means it's a mechanical problem (but does not mean that it's cancer).
Well my hope was that the fact that I'm weaning my son was making my hormones crazy. And thus when he's completely weaned my body would go back to normal.

However like I said I'm pretty sure the tech saw something to say the comment she did.

I appreciate your replies and your positive thoughts! They really are calming for me and hopefully I'll get through the next few days without stressing myself to death!

I will update here once I hear the results.
Just wanted to let you know that I did some research; only 3.5% of ovarian cancer manifests before age 35.
And ovarian cancer is not one of the more common gynecological cancers to begin with (although it is the one with the highest mortality rate, mainly because it has no easily recognizable early symptoms, and there's no routine screening test for it).
It has traditionally been known as an "older woman's cancer", with the average age of diagnosis being 64 years old.

That is not to say a young woman couldn't get it, but the odds are incredibly slim.

Don't worry about it too much.
There are many far more common and far less serious things that could be wrong with your ovary, which could've caused the tech to make that comment.

:wave:
I just received my results.

My uterine lining is thicker than normal but she said just barely. She said if I were older she would recommend a D&C and then biopsy the tissue. However since I'm younger she wants to put me on progesterone for ten days which I guess induces a period but makes me shed more tissue then a period would. Then I would have to have another ultrasound after my next period to check things out. If my uterine lining is still thick then I'll need the D&C.

I also have a small cyst on my right ovary. And I think she said it's part of the ovulatory function and can go back to normal. She said it was 2.1 cm or the size of a pea.

So my midwife thinks this is all hormonal. It could be due to weaning my son which she told me since he's almost weaned I should just wean him completely to rule out that as a factor.

Worst case scenario is that it's endometrial cancer, she said ovarian cancer tends to have much larger cysts.

So I don't know how to feel right now. I'm scared of course but hopeful. I'm the type who worries until issues are resolved which clearly does not help my situation at all.
[QUOTE=kckas;4685170]I just received my results.

My uterine lining is thicker than normal but she said just barely. She said if I were older she would recommend a D&C and then biopsy the tissue. However since I'm younger she wants to put me on progesterone for ten days which I guess induces a period but makes me shed more tissue then a period would. Then I would have to have another ultrasound after my next period to check things out. If my uterine lining is still thick then I'll need the D&C.

I also have a small cyst on my right ovary. And I think she said it's part of the ovulatory function and can go back to normal. She said it was 2.1 cm or the size of a pea.

So my midwife thinks this is all hormonal. It could be due to weaning my son which she told me since he's almost weaned I should just wean him completely to rule out that as a factor.

Worst case scenario is that it's endometrial cancer, she said ovarian cancer tends to have much larger cysts.

So I don't know how to feel right now. I'm scared of course but hopeful. I'm the type who worries until issues are resolved which clearly does not help my situation at all.[/QUOTE]

I had a D&C for a thickened endometrial lining back in december.
That's when I joined this board, actually... you can read my story in more detail in the "endometrial cancer" section.

My lining was 20 mm thick, which is pretty darn thick.
I was put to sleep and had a D&C and a polyp removed from my cervix.
Then I was put on 10 mg of progesterone per day for ten days a month, for three months.

I did not end up finishing it, though.
My original problem- intermenstrual spotting- stopped shortly after the D&C.
The results of the D&C were normal, and the polyp was benign.
Since everything is normal and I'm having no more troubling symptoms, I see no reason to take progesterone.

I was surprised that a 20 mm thick endometrial lining could possibly be normal. I was expecting to hear that I had hyperplasia (a precancerous condition) if not actual endometrial cancer.
But after my D&C results came back normal, my doctor told me that there actually is no upper limit of "normal" endometrial thickness for women who still menstruate.
Thick endometrial linings suggest cancer in post-menopausal women, not in premenopausal women.

We never figured out exactly what happened to cause my problem, but my best guess is that I skipped an ovulation, resulting in a weird, light period, followed by a month where I had an overly-thick lining, which resulted in a bunch of spotting.
My midwife was going to put me on 10mg but as she was talking to me she said, "Wait your small so I'm going to give you 5mg." I hope it's enough to do it's job! I don't consider myself tiny since I'm 5'4" and 128 lbs.

Did you have an ultrasound at all? Either before or after your D&C?

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm hopeful everything clears up and the next ultrasound comes back normal.

I'll update if anything weird happens in the meantime. Otherwise I'll update again after I get the results of my next ultrasound.

Thank you so much for all your help! Your words have helped me so much through all of this!
[QUOTE=kckas;4685225]My midwife was going to put me on 10mg but as she was talking to me she said, "Wait your small so I'm going to give you 5mg." I hope it's enough to do it's job! I don't consider myself tiny since I'm 5'4" and 128 lbs.

Did you have an ultrasound at all? Either before or after your D&C?

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm hopeful everything clears up and the next ultrasound comes back normal.

I'll update if anything weird happens in the meantime. Otherwise I'll update again after I get the results of my next ultrasound.

Thank you so much for all your help! Your words have helped me so much through all of this![/QUOTE]

Wow. I'm 5'2" and 112 pounds. No wonder that 10 mgs of progesterone was kicking my butt. Lol.
I didn't like the side effects, so I quit it after one month. Still have a bunch left over.

Best of luck to you! I'm sure all will be well. :wave:

Oh, and PS yes I did have a transvaginal ultrasound. That's how they found out my lining was so thick!
And, coincidentally enough, I also had a small "deflating" cyst on one ovary. The doctor said it was somehow related to ovulation, and not to worry about it, so I didn't.
Hi Kali,

I ended up getting 10mg progesterone pills. I've taken them for two days now. So far I haven't noticed any side effects. I didn't sleep well last night but it could be because all three of my kids thought it would be fun to sleep in bed with me!

Did you experience any side effects from the progesterone? And after the ten days how long did it take for the bleeding to start? And after the bleeding did your period still come at it's regular time? Or did the progesterone mess things up? I think half my anxiety is just not knowing what to expect.

I hope you don't mind all the questions! I can't find any answers online.

Thanks!
Both the first month and the second month, my period started even before I was done with the ten days- I think it started on day 8 the first month and on day 9 the second... which is reasonable because that was the day my period was due, anyway.
The progesterone did not delay my period, as I thought it might.
The third month, I just decided not to take it anymore.

My issue was intermenstrual spotting.
After my D&C and cervical polyp removal (which showed no cancer or other abnormalities), my doctor decided to prescribe the progesterone on the theory that my bleeding might have been caused by a hormone imbalance.

After I was completely healed from my surgery, however, (which took place in early December) I have experienced no more unusual bleeding or spotting, and my periods have been perfectly regular despite the progesterone, which I took for two months (and am supposed to be taking right now; this is month 3).

I can only conclude that whatever was causing the unusual bleeding- probably the polyp- was taken care of by the surgery.
Therefore, I decided I don't need the progesterone, after all.

The symptoms it caused me were bloating, constipation, crankiness, insomnia, and extremely sore breasts.
These symptoms never arose until I'd been on it for about five days. The first few days on it, I felt great. Calm, but with lots of energy. I began to believe that maybe I [I]did[/I] have a hormone imbalance, and progesterone was just what I needed. But as the week progressed, these unpleasant symptoms arose.

They weren't [I]that[/I] unbearable, really. Nothing I couldn't live with, if I truly believed I [I]needed[/I] the progesterone.
But I came to feel that my problem was resolved and that I didn't need progesterone at this time, so why put up with the unpleasant symptoms?
That's why I quit taking it.

Anyway, I hope it works well for you. Good luck!
Just an update...

I had my second ultrasound and the cyst on my right ovary was gone. However there was a cyst on my left ovary. This cyst was classified as functional though so they consider it a non-issue. The lining of my uterus is normal now too.

And my last period was "normal." I spotted for one day and then had my period. It's the first time I didn't spot for a week.

So overall I think all of this was due to weaning my son and my body re-regulating itself.

Kali thank you you for all your help! You really made this experience easier to go through.

Take care!





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