Genevieve was diagnosed with CIN3 in 2000, aged 33, and treated by LLETZ. She had a serious bleed the following day and had a minor operation to treat that. Since then, Genevieve has had two healthy babies, both delivered naturally.
In 2000, just before getting married, Genevieve went home to Ireland and had a dental check-up and routine cervical screening. She had her last smear test about eighteen months earlier so was not expecting to have any problems. Two months later, though, she received a call from her doctor who told her that she had CIN3. She was now married, living back in London again, and had just started a new business. She was shocked, particularly as the test eighteen months earlier had been normal.
Genevieve had private health insurance and decided to be treated privately. She also spoke to her father and sister, both of whom were health professionals, and said she felt reassured by all her conversations with health professionals that CIN3 was pre-cancerous and could be treated. She had a colposcopy and, in a following appointment, a LLETZ under general anaesthetic.
The following day, at home, Genevieve had an extremely heavy bleed and went back into hospital. She had a minor operation, again under general anaesthetic, and has been fine since. Genevieve said the heavy bleeding had been extremely shocking and she would have liked more information on why this had happened.
One of Genevieve’s main concerns was having children. After her first clear follow-up smear test, she started trying for a baby and became pregnant two months later. During her pregnancy, her doctor kept a close eye on her and she was given scans almost every three months. She had a healthy pregnancy and delivered naturally. Two years later, Genevieve had another baby and, again, had a natural delivery.
Genevieve said that, when she talked to friends about her experience, she was surprised at how many other women had had treatment for CIN. She now has annual smear tests at her GP’s surgery and hospital follow-up appointments every eighteen months. Since her treatment, her results have always been clear, though Genevieve said she had bleeding between periods and after sex about four years ago. This was due to some polyps on her ovaries and these were removed surgically.