Uterine Cancer – You Could Get it Too

Welcome to my blog. Today I’d like to share a little personal story about uterine cancer and what the experience was like for me.

I was about 25 when I started experiencing pain during sex. The first time it happened I didn’t make much of it but the second time, I started to worry. I didn’t do anything about it though, I kind of just shrugged it off and convinced myself it was probably nothing.

uterine cancer awareness ribbon

A few weeks late it was time for my annual gynaecological visit. It was painful, even when he inserted that thing in my vagina that they use to check if everything is okay up there. I was even bleeding a little after my pap smear, so a tissue sample was taken from inside my uterus and sent to the lab.

Well, when the results came back, they were “abnormal” and they were terrifying – they had found what they called pre-cancerous cells in my uterus.

All I heard when the gynae was talking to me was CANCER and immediately I thought, “well shit, looks like I won’t have kids! I’m 25 and I can’t have kids…”

A few weeks later I went for an operation at Life Hospital to have the precancerous cells removed. It was actually quite a quick and “painless” procedure. They did what is called a LEEP procedure. LEEP is an acronym for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. The procedure is for the removal of abnormal cells from the uterus.

During the procedure, the doctor will insert what’s called a speculum into the vagina and open it to separate the vaginal walls. A small electrical wire loop through the vagina into the uterus (I was under so I didn’t feel anything) to remove the abnormal/pre-cancerous cells.

The whole thing went quite quick. I think I spent a longer time waiting for the actual surgery than I spent in the surgery room and I wasn’t in any pain as such. I woke up on blood in my hospital bed though but it wasn’t all that alarming. It burnt a little when I went to pee, other than that I did not experience any pain.

The surgery was so minor that I didn’t even get sick leave. I was able to go to work the next day as if nothing happened; which is great if you ask me. (By the way, the “great” part was that the surgery was minor, I would have appreciated some sick leave hahaha).

This was about 3 years ago and I haven’t had any trouble ever since.

At first, I was terrified that the cells would somehow come back but my pap smears have come back normal. Happy to say that I am a healthy young woman now!

It’s of utmost importance that sexually active young women go for their annual check-ups.

I am glad that my situation was caught and dealt with early before shit got real. Your reproductive health is something you must never take for granted, even if you don’t have medical aid you can go for a check-up at the clinic.

It is imperative that you start seeing a gynaecologist at least annually, check-ups, once you’re sexually active. Just to keep your reproductive health in check. The sooner problems are detected, the sooner they can be dealt with.

If you catch problems early then necessary steps can be taken to protect and preserve your reproductive health.

The cancerous cells were caught early and have not affected my fertility or impeded my ability to have kids. My last check-up came back normal so everything is fine because it was caught early.

Here’s a post by That Mama Club that you MUST read. It’s women discussing their experiences with smears and cervical screenings.

Before I leave, these are few signs you may have uterine cancer:

  • pain during sex
  • unusual vaginal discharge which may look like puss
  • feeling pressure or pain in your pelvis
  • pain or blood when you pee

If you experience any of these symptoms, please consult a medical professional.

It may be a scary or uncomfortable experience but cervical screenings are important for us to look after our sexual and reproductive health.

Queens, look after and love yourselves!

A true-crime-obsessed 30-something-year-old, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa who's interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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