Sep 06, 2005 - 12:13 pm
HI there... first I'd like to send out my sincere hugs to you all. I might not have a definite diagnosis as of yet but I sure can relate to the fears and worries you may have experienced at one time or another. I guess I came here looking for some reassurance, insight or some sort of explanation to tide over my nerves. :-/
A little background... I am 32 (as of Sept 7th). I have 4 living children but suffered 5 miscarriages in the past. I had an abnormal pap smear (a-typical squamous cells of undetermined significance) 6 years ago while pregnant. They did a coloscopy (sp) that appeared ok. Since that time I had 2 more births with no abnormal paps. More recently (over the past 2 months) I have been experiencing bleeding after intercourse. I went to see my general practitioner to have a pelvic/pap exam being that I have not been to a GYN since the birth of my last child 21 months ago (insurance reasons). I made sure that she did clamydia and gonorrhea (sp) tests just to rule them out. As of this moment, I have not gotten the results of the pap yet (for abnormal cells) but the other smears for STD's etc.. were negative. I was also sent for a pelvic ultrasound which included a trans vaginal one. As it stands, the ultrasound results noted a "prominent endometrium". My GP said that it could be "possible endometrial hyperplasia".
Mind you, I am very new to all of this... I have only read info online (which isnt always the right thing to do) but I am very anxious for answers and insight. I have been referred to a GYN to review the findings and to have an endometrial biopsy done. Unfortunately, my insurance has ended and I am looking for other means to have these tests done. I may have to wait 2 months for my new insurance to begin. In the meantime, my nerves are rampant and tension is high. :-(
I think most of my worry comes from the fact that my fathers mom passed away from uterine cancer, his sister had cervical cancer and my mothers sister also had cervical cancer... all this weighs on my mind something fierce.
It could be nothing, but my symptoms are very unusual for me. Besides the bleeding after intercourse, I also have very heavy periods. They last about 7 days and for the first 4-5 days I find myself using both types of menstrual protection (highest absorbency) at the same time to prevent leakage. As of late, I also have some clotting too. I find that once the majority of clots release, my bleeding slows down tremendously but this usually happens in the last 2-3 days of my cycle.
I'm sorry if I have written too much, I dont mean to be a burden... I am just very worried. Does anyone know the hyperplasia-to-cancer statistics? Meaning... what are the chances that this could be at the bad end of the spectrum?
Thank you so much for reading, if you have gotten this far. If anything, it feels good to voice my concerns and my fears... sort of a release of emotions if you will.