My va-jay-jay is bedazzled with pain.
March 30, 2011 4:46 PM Subscribe
I've had some on-and-off pain in my pelvic area and vulva for over a year, and coincidentally (or, so says my PCP), I've also had two abnormal pap smears and an abnormal colposcopy. I don't understand how this is a coincidence. This will be a little NSFW.
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I'm not sure exactly when it started, but I was experiencing some issues with very mild UTIs and irritation a little less than a year and a half ago. My SO and I were starting to think about birth control options other than condoms, so we both got ourselves checked out to make sure that we were both OK. Fortunately, we were both spic-and-span as far as STIs, but my pap came back abnormal with LSIL-type cells. My doctor (PCP) ordered a colposcopy, and the performing doctor (a GYN) ended up seeing cells and took a biopsy of my cervix. The doctor said that she thought it would clear up on its own and told me to get another pap smear in 6 months.
The irritation continued and, at times, got worse. I told my PCP about my irritation, and she said that she saw nothing on my vulva or in my vagina that would be causing irritation and felt nothing in my pelvic region, and she told me to use gentle products (detergent, etc) down there. I've been doing that for at least 6 months with no change. I do not have any other UTI or bacterial infections (we checked for that a bunch of times throughout the process).
About a month ago I finally had another pap smear with my PCP. It came back abnormal again, this time with "ASCUS" cells. I tested negative for HPV, so my doctor advised me to have another pap smear in a year. This information was in a LETTER I received from my doctor. I am not pleased that this diagnosis was mailed to me as it is very hard to get her on the phone, and I of course have many questions.
Specifically, the irritation is along the clitoris and inside the vagina. It is worse on some days than it is on others, even when I am wearing the same kind of pants/underwear (cotton) and using the same (gentle) products. The irritation is not caused by sex but is sometimes made worse after sex. Masturbation does not usually cause or worsen the irritation (it doesn't normally involve direct-clit contact). When I first start my period and begin wearing tampons, it is painful to insert or remove them. Disposable pantyliners also sometimes irritate my vulva. The pain in my pelvic area is normally a dull cramping pain and is felt all throughout the month. My periods have also been lasting longer with more "old blood" toward the end.
I can't imagine that this is all a coincidence. I am considering seeing a new GYN/PCP, but new appointments usually book up in advance. I'm checking here for some sanity and advice before I see another doctor. My PCP doesn't seem concerned at all from her letter. She knows all that I've explained above. I find it hard to believe that, after this year, she would simply mail this out to me without speaking to me about it.
What are the odds that this is all related? What could it be? What are ASCUS cells and what does this mean? I haven't been freaking out too much about this, but when the irritation gets worse, so does the worry. Thanks, and I'll drop in to answer questions you might have.