I just came from my gynecologist and, since I am now thoroughly freaking out, I’m hoping you guys can help me out.

First off: I’m 25 years old. I’m married. I have two kids, aged 5 and 1. I’ve never had an abnormal Pap before. I have a Mirena IUD (since June of last year).

I went in for my yearly Pap this morning. I mentioned that I’ve been experiencing pain in my left ovary for a few days, and that I’ve experienced bleeding almost every single time I have sex or a bowel movement for the past year. Sure enough, the swab was blood-tinged after my cervix was swiped.

She rubbed the bloody swab on a dish and went to look at it under a microscope. She came back, said everything looked normal under the microscope and told me I have a “friable cervix”. I was told the Pap would be run through extra tests to look for certain bacteria that could play a role in cervical bleeding. Basically, I didn’t get a whole lot of feedback, but was told it wasn’t a big deal.

..cue the Google search freak out..

It doesn’t seem to be such a insignificant issue, and now I’m greatly concerned. I just had a baby a year ago, and have never had an abnormal Pap. Is it possible I have cervical cancer? Or ovarian cancer.. because of my ovarian pain (which I was told is most likely a cyst)? I asked if the IUD could be irritating my cervix; she said that’s probably not the case. I have been married for several years, and while I understand it’s possible STIs can be transmitted at any time, I think that possibility is rather slim. Can anyone shed some light on the issue? I’m feeling very uneasy about this.

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9 Responses to Cervical bleeding: friable cervix

  1. Eneita says:

    From what I’ve been told by my doctor, a friable cervix really is nothing to worry about. It just means that your cervix is easily irritated and bleeds easily, since it’s covered in blood vessels.

  2. Lasoma says:

    I came in here to say this.
    I was once told the same thing, got a Paragard and I’m okay. I too have always had normal paps and never had any sort of issues. It’s a common issue.

  3. YllClo says:

    You had it prior to the Paragard then?

  4. Lasoma says:

    Yep. About 7 years ago, in college.
    I had no idea. No symptoms.
    I had my first of 3 IUDs inserted in 2009. There was no mention of it then or since.

  5. YllClo says:

    I’ve read that it’s almost always caused by STIs or some type of cancer though. :\

  6. Hteall says:

    Doctor Google will also tell you that it’s because you’re pregnant, too, betcha. With twins. By alien Elvis.

    Don’t listen to Dr. Google. There are plenty of people who just have terribly grouchy cervixes and are otherwise fine. And if it is a bacteria, then that’s what antibiotics are for.

    *offers hugs*

  7. Sseyle says:

    Trust your doctor on this one. It’s not a big deal. Lots of people have bleedy cervixes. It CAN be a sign that something else is going on, but it is not ALWAYS, and it sounds like your doc is on top of things. If you’ve been having yearly paps, you almost certainly do not have cervical cancer.

  8. erin says:

    I have the exact same thing. I do OB/Gyn ultrasound too and I promise you is not cancer. It’s just unfortunate, and not terribly uncommon. I’ve heard it can be caused by long term estrogen usage. I’ve been told I can have the outer layer of my cervix frozen off, but I think I’ll get a2nd opinion on that….

  9. jlcasto says:

    Hormonal BC can cause a friable cervix. It can cause the sensitive glandular cells of the inner cervix to migrate to the outter cervix. These cells are more sensitive and can cause bleeding on some women. Your doctor can cauterize these cells in the office for you and it should stop the bleeding for you. When I had it done, I cramped really badly for about a week, but it was worth it for me to stop the unexpected bleeding.

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