Rachel was diagnosed with CIN3 and CGIN in 2008, aged 35. She had a LLETZ and, shortly afterwards, a hysterectomy.
In 2007 Rachel had some bleeding between periods and then no period for the next two months. When she visited her GP she was also given a routine smear test because her cervical screening appointment was due at this time too. Shortly afterwards, Rachel received a call from her GP who told her that she had severe abnormalities and possibly cervical cancer. She would be fast-tracked for a colposcopy appointment. This news came two days before Christmas and Rachel decided not to tell her family until after Christmas. However, she was extremely anxious that she could have cancer.
At the colposcopy clinic, Rachel was given a LLETZ and assigned a cancer nurse. Two weeks later, she received a call from her doctor, who told her that she did not have cervical cancer but CIN3 and CGIN. She would need to attend a follow-up appointment six months later. At this appointment, Rachel had biopsies taken so the doctor could investigate the CGIN further.
After having a LLETZ, Rachel said she had very irregular periods, bleeding mid-cycle and bleeding after sex. When she discussed these problems and the CGIN with her consultant, she decided to have a hysterectomy. Rachel said, I’d completed my family. I had a choice. I didn’t have to have the hysterectomy. And I thought well this will save me worrying every six months, thinking, Oh my gosh, it’s going to come back or it’s not been detected in the first place.; So I had a hysterectomy three days later
Rachel spent five days in hospital and, back home, did her best to rest as much as possible. She spent two weeks with her parents and said she went back to work after eight weeks. Physically, Rachel said she recovered well but, emotionally, felt less womanly; at first. She found Jo’s Trust website extremely helpful and supportive and wished she;d been told about it before she had her colposcopy appointment. She encouraged other women to attend for cervical screening and would like to see the screening age in England lowered to 20.