Your feelings about having an abnormal cervical screening result
We have more information about dealing with some of the emotions you might be feeling. Or you can talk to us - we're here even if you're just feeling worried about an upcoming appointment.
When a woman is told she has an abnormal screening test result, the first reaction is often one of fear. Many women may immediately think that they have cancer, so it’s important to remember that most women who have an abnormal result have early changes in the cells and don’t have cancer.
There has been a lot of publicity about CIN and its link with sexual activity and HPV. This has sometimes led to women feeling guilty or ashamed if they’ve been told they have CIN. However, you shouldn’t feel you’re to blame in any way. Exactly how a person gets the virus is often uncertain and it’s not always possible to find a sexual explanation.
Most women have HPV at some point in their life without even knowing it. In many women, their immune system will get rid of the virus naturally.
Understandably, many women may find the treatments for CIN embarrassing and possibly frightening. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse as many questions as you like, as this may help to put your mind at rest.
If you feel that you need support, you can contact our cancer support specialists.