Jane was diagnosed with CIN3 first in 1983, aged 30, and again in 2003, aged 50. She was given laser treatment the first time and LLETZ the second.
In 1983, Jane had some spotting between periods and after sex. After routine cervical screening, abnormalities were found and she was referred to a colposcopy clinic. At this time, she worked as a radio journalist and had her colposcopy examination filmed. She later aired a documentary about cervical screening on local radio.
Jane was given laser treatment in a following appointment. She said she had a lot of pain afterwards and bleeding that lasted almost six weeks. She had a relationship break-up around that time, too, and said that it was a very lonely time. She later got back together with her ex-partner, who she married and, in time, she became pregnant. Sadly, she miscarried and wondered whether the miscarriage could have been caused by the laser treatment she;d had for CIN3. Later, she had two healthy daughters who are now adults.
In 2003, twenty years after her first experience, Jane was diagnosed with CIN3 again and treated by LLETZ. She said this was a very different experience from her first – the technology had improved vastly and the emotional side of CIN3 was given much more consideration than in 1983.
Jane said she often wondered why she got CIN3 in the first place and why it had recurred twenty years later. She has always attended for cervical screening and would like to see the age limit increased to include women over 65.