Anyone who has read my past articles might remember my endometriosis story and the long process of receiving a diagnosis. While I was under anesthesia for my diagnostic laparoscopy and dilation and curettage procedure (D&C), my gynecologist noticed my cervix was severely inflamed.
While this might not have been a cause for concern, given my symptoms and menstrual complications, my doctor decided to investigate further.
How do I know I have it?
Inflammation of the cervix, also known as chronic cervicitis, is a physical characteristic of the cervix typically discovered during a pelvic exam. Depending on your specific health condition, your doctor may swab your cervix to test for common infections that could cause said inflammation.
The combination of my symptoms—cervical inflammation, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and heavy bleeding—was a concern for my doctor, especially because the cervical inflammation had developed since my pelvic exam the month prior. After weighing all the factors, my doctor decided to take a tissue sample during my D&C to rule out cancer.