In January I had a regular appointment with my gynecologist, during which I had a pap smear. I got a letter from her about a month later, which I didnt open because I thought it was a bill--and you dont pay bills, you put them in a pile to worry about when you get a second notice. So my dad calls me up to say I got another bill, and I open the first one. It says my pap smear showed abnormal results and I need to come in for a colposcopy. Not another pap smear-which is normal procedure. This is a whole different type of exam. After making my appointment, I found that the procedure will end with them taking a biopsy of my cervix--which surely isnt much fun at all. Abnormal pap smear results pretty much mean one of these things: a) there were abnormal cells for some reason, but there is no health risk involved with them, b) the cells are pre-cancerous, c) the cells are cancerous, d) you have some form of hpv My mother had to have a hysterectomy, so did my grandmother and great grandmother on my dads side. My great grandmother had cervical cancer, then battled with stomach cancer. Her stomach cancer just came back this week. My grandmother on my dads side had reproductive cancer as well. I'm only 22. I dont have the eating or exercise habits, but I have been on birth control at least half the time since I was about 16. I've tried convincing myself this is no big deal, but thats really not working. I'm terrified really. And I talked to my boss, who is in her 30's and has had all kinds of reproductive troubles. She acted like it must be pretty serious since they didnt want to do a second pap smear--confirming by belief that a 2nd pap is normal procedure and that there must have been something obviously wrong in the original one.