High-Risk Pregnancy

Abnormal cells anyone?

I am 18 weeks pregnant. Just had a follow up appt today. I am level CIN3/CIS, pre-cancerous cells on the cervix. The doctor is going to do a biopsy next month and determine if I have to be induced early?? At the 26 week mark. Just wondering if anyone else has been through anything like this.

Re: Abnormal cells anyone?

  • Oh, I'm so sorry you are going through this kind of stress right now. I don't have any personal experience with abnormal cells but are you sure your dr didn't say 36 wks (versus 26 weeks)??  I hope every thing turns out okay and that 26 wks is not right.
  • well i have abnormal cells, but doc doesnt want to do a biopsy until after i deliver, if he does one at all. apparently he thinks they will just clear themselves up.

    i guess this is actually nothing like what youre talking about? but im not sure... sorry, pregnancy brain gets the best of me :)

  • Well he keeps talking about they MIGHT clear up after pregnancy, but turns around wanting to do biopsy's and talking about inducing, and he did say 26 weeks, I asked him to repeat himself about 3 times, and then just started crying. I started out in July with CIN1. It has progressed 2 stages since then. I think if it gets into the next phase, he'll want to induce. I was under the impression that biopsy's could weaken the cervix and possibly cause MC. I asked him about it and apparently I was wrong. I just hate being in the dark about all this. He's telling me it will all be alright, but it doesnt feel like it. I mean...26 weeks?
  • I don't have experience with this WHILE pregnant. However, FWIW, I had this exact thing last year. They did the biopsies and then I had to have the LEEP procedure done. After that, my paps came back clear and I got pregnant 3 months later. Now I am high risk b/c my cervix is "compromised." 

    The doc told me that if he found this while I had been pregnant, they usually don't treat this while you are pregnant.  They said sometimes, the hormones from pregnancy make these cells grow, but after delivery, sometimes they go away. 

    I wish you luck and hope that you are able to work something out with your doc. I would recommend going to a gynological oncologist. That is what I did bc the OB didn't seem experienced enough with this high grade CIN III. 

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  • Hey!  I just posted on this board asking about biopsy procedures while pg.  I am having a cervical biopsy next Wednesday.  My pap came back abnormal at the beginning of my pg, but the doc didn't seem concerned.  Now, all of a sudden, he wants to do a biopsy.  Freaks me out a little. 
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  • I have abnormal cells but they decided after my colposcopy at 16 weeks to wait till after I have Ellie to do anything because my doctor says sometimes after giving birth when the bodies recovering it will sometimes take care of the cells. So 6 weeks after I give birth I go back for another colposcopy and they will decided then If I need a biopsy or not. Good luck hun I hope it turns out to be nothing and you don't have to have your LO so early. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Please keep us updated. 
  • image LillyDez:

    I don't have experience with this WHILE pregnant. However, FWIW, I had this exact thing last year. They did the biopsies and then I had to have the LEEP procedure done. After that, my paps came back clear and I got pregnant 3 months later. Now I am high risk b/c my cervix is "compromised." 

    The doc told me that if he found this while I had been pregnant, they usually don't treat this while you are pregnant.  They said sometimes, the hormones from pregnancy make these cells grow, but after delivery, sometimes they go away. 

    I wish you luck and hope that you are able to work something out with your doc. I would recommend going to a gynological oncologist. That is what I did bc the OB didn't seem experienced enough with this high grade CIN III. 

    The LEEP is what they plan on doing after I deliver. I found out about being pregnant and the abnormal cells all in one day lol. Kind of a shocker. Doc said that at the rate that its going, if it stays consistent, it will progress into cancer and that I will have to deliver earlyyyy so that the cancer doesnt spread. I live on a military post and work most of the time, my platoon is all guys, so I don't have any female friends here. I just wanted to know that other people got through this I guess, maybe preggo hormones are freaking me out a little too. I'm not even worried about the cancer at this point, just want a healthy baby!!!

    You ladies were a great help. Thank you for the comments :)

  • Hey lady, I wanted to check in on you and see how things were going. I too had the leep procedure two years ago because of  high grade abnormal cells on my cervix. I was not pregnant at the time. It was a simple procedure and I have not had a return of abnormal cells. Athough I did have a M/C yesterday :(..... I do not believe the two are related at all. I have to see my OBGYN monday as a follow-up to my m/c. I will know for sure then.
  • I got pregnant in my March cycle. But in January I had a pap done and it came back low grade abnormal. So then they did a colposcopy that came back high grade abnormal. In Feb they did another pap because the dr said sometimes it goes away, and it came back normal. Then I got pregnant and instead of doing a pap at the beginning, we waited until August to do another one. It came back low grade.

    My dr said that he wasn't going to do anything about it until after the baby is born. He said that when you're pregnant, your immune system is lower and sometimes bad cells can come back (because HPV never goes away) but that a lot of times it clears up on its own after pregnancy.

    As for biopsies weakening your cervix... I've read that they can weaken it and increase chance of miscarriag. Maybe your dr could just to a colposcopy instead of a cone biopsy right now.

    Good luck. I know how scary this all can be.

  • Sallen: Ohh, so sorry for your loss :(  I hope you get an answer monday. If you don't mind could you let me know afterwards? Again, sooo sorry for your loss. That's not fair to anyone.
  • image uvalori85:

    I got pregnant in my March cycle. But in January I had a pap done and it came back low grade abnormal. So then they did a colposcopy that came back high grade abnormal. In Feb they did another pap because the dr said sometimes it goes away, and it came back normal. Then I got pregnant and instead of doing a pap at the beginning, we waited until August to do another one. It came back low grade.

    My dr said that he wasn't going to do anything about it until after the baby is born. He said that when you're pregnant, your immune system is lower and sometimes bad cells can come back (because HPV never goes away) but that a lot of times it clears up on its own after pregnancy.

    As for biopsies weakening your cervix... I've read that they can weaken it and increase chance of miscarriag. Maybe your dr could just to a colposcopy instead of a cone biopsy right now.

    Good luck. I know how scary this all can be.

    I refused a biopsy the other day because I was just plain scared. They are doing another one on Oct 27. The doc will take no objections. Because it is CIN3, and if it progresses to cancer, they have to get it out before it spreads anymore :( and they can't do that with the baby in there.

  • image BetsyDavis:
    I have abnormal cells but they decided after my colposcopy at 16 weeks to wait till after I have Ellie to do anything because my doctor says sometimes after giving birth when the bodies recovering it will sometimes take care of the cells. So 6 weeks after I give birth I go back for another colposcopy and they will decided then If I need a biopsy or not. Good luck hun I hope it turns out to be nothing and you don't have to have your LO so early. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Please keep us updated. 

     

    This. W/ my dd the same thing happened too but it cleared up after delivery. I would get a second opinion. 26 weeks is sooo early.

  • Hi there, it's good to read that others have had a similar experience. Both myself and my OB were shocked when over the course of only 2 weeks (8 weeks - 10 weeks pregnant) my cells went from normal to medium-high grade abnormal (I live in Germany and the classification is different, I think!) .... and it's been nearly a decade since the only other time I ever had an abnormal pap smear (that one turned out to be nothing). Since my OB has never seen anything quite like this she's referring me to a specialist. Naturally it's very worrying ... while on the one hand I can't believe that anything is really wrong, the fact that there may be something is scary. I'm now 13 weeks pregnant (this is my first) and everything else looks perfect ... praying that that this turns out to be nothing and that the baby continues to develop healthily. Take care everyone. 
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