My story starts in 2003. My first husband and I were having a miscarriage. They had to do an emergency DNC. After I was released, I continued to have really heavy periods that were so painful I could not get out of bed. So, he and I got a divorce.
A couple of months later, I went in to see my obgyn and was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine to ease my pain during my period. For the first month, these worked but the second month it was worse. So I made another appointment and was given a higher dose. This worked for a couple of months and then stopped, so I learned to deal with the pain because I was sick of seeing the doctors and taking medicine.
In 2006, I met the man who became my second husband. It was painful during intercourse so I went to see my obgyn for a check-up. I was told that I have the strain of HPV which causes cervical cancer. So, they performed biopsies on my cervix. It was three weeks later when they contacted me with the results. I had cancer cells on my cervix. A surgery date/time was setup. However, to have this surgery I had to sign a document stating that I wouldn’t try to get pregnant anymore. So, I’m 26-years-old and can’t have any children.
To this date, I have a pap smear every three months and a biopsy every six months. My husband and mother have been there for me through these rough times. It still bothers me that I can’t have kids but at least now I know the reason for the painful periods.
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