Post # 1
I’m a regular bee here but I decided to make a new account to protect privacy since I have pictures and other details on my other account.
I got married last year and I am still soo happy with my hubby. Marriage life is awesome!! I’m sure many bees here will agree 🙂 Hubby and I wanted to start TTC right away! So I decided to get an annual check up done to make sure everything is all clear to TTC.
Everything looked fine but the doc took a sample to get checked and also did a pap. I wasn’t worried about anything and was excited to get the all clear but I just needed to wait for the results. I got a call to return for results a week later and.. They found a yeast infection that I didn’t even know I had since I have no symptoms at all.. AND also my pap was ABNORMAL! Now, I know this is a common result but my doctor said the low-grade changes are likely because of HPV. My follow-up for to get a colposcopy(sp?). I had that done and the gynae said everything looked fine and there were no abnormalities seen so she didn’t take a sample (which after much research I have come to realise is called a biopsy).
I asked if I had HPV since that’s what my doc said probably caused the abnormality but she said a HPV test doesn’t need to be done on me since I am under 30 and this is my first abnormal pap. She just told me not to worry and come back in 12 months for a repap to give my body a chance to “heal” itself. 🙁
12 months??! That will drive me insane.. Hubby is my first. I saved myself until marriage and here I am now dealing with possible HPV — apparently a STI. I don’t blame hubby since he has had other partners (he’s over 30). But this just sucks!!
We also visit my parents often and stay over on the weekends. If I did have HPV, could I transmit it through sharing the bathrooms or washing clothing together? I feel so paranoid now and I don’t know what to do.. I’m already an anxious person. And my doc advised me to wait a while before TTC so my cervix can go back to normal first. My head has just been so messed up after this news.
If anyone can please share some insight or wisdom into this, I would really appreciate it because I feel so scared. Will this affect my ability to conceive..? 🙁 I would love to hear real-life experiences because all the docs just say, “don’t worry. It’s common, you just need to get checked more regularly.”
Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
The doctors are right, it is fairly common and I really wouldn’t worry about it. It could be HPV or it could be just a slightly abnormal batch of cells. Either way most abnormal cells will sort themselves out on their own, you just need to be more vigilant for a while in case it does mutate (unlikely, but always good to be careful).
HPV is unlikely to spread through toilets and such, but it can definitely be spread by heavy petting. Given your husband has been sexually active for a while it is quite likely that he would have it and could have spread it to you, but most of the time your body can combat it and will clear it in a year or two. Certain strains are more virulent than others and can turn into something nastier and more long term, but as long as you get regular checkups I am sure you will be fine. There is no guarantee you even have it either, false alarms do happen.
Post # 3
HPV is generally seen as no big deal. There isn’t an established test for HPV if you don’t have symptoms, and so if your husband had previous partners it’s likely he’s the one who infected you. But most people will not ever show symptoms, so most infected people aren’t even aware they have it.
And it’s called an STI for a reason, being that you only get it from sexual contact. You’re not gonna get it from a toilet seat or towels or anything like that.
Be happy your abnormal pap was basically nothing and move on, just make sure to get yearly paps until you have two “clear”ones.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
happysmiles1: Abnormal pap results can come from more than HPV. I had an alarmist doctor try to tell me to go get a colposcopy and that I probably had HPV and when I told her no she tried to tell me I was being irresponsible and wreckless. Well Instead I quit going to the gyno and went to my GP she ran the test again in 6 months and reviewed the other person’s results. She said the other doctor was an alarmist, my medical situation meant 2 things 1. Due to my malabsorbtion issues the type of abnormality could have been caused by a Vitamin A or Vitamin B deficiency, or 2. It could have been false negative, or 3. I could have had HPV picked up from yes a toilet but that is because I was on immunesupressive drugs. She told me either way give it 6-12 months before doing a colposcopy if the cells haven;t been seen before and there is not a history of a lot of sexual partners. I waited it out 12 months later I was clean and I’ve never had an issue since.
Edited to add: My doctor also believes I never had HPV she thinks it was a vitamin deficiency since I showed up low on some things on an electrolyte test at the 6 month mark that they had to correct.
a_day_at_the_fair: Not totally true. I am on immune supressants I can pick up things you cannot. My friend is on similair treatment she’s a virgin and came up with herpes and HPV. You can pick this up from a toilet if you have a compromised immune system. 99% of the population doesn’t have this issue however so it makes the chances highly unlikely for most people.
Post # 5
HPV generally isn’t a big deal. I know it sounds scary and awful but in most instances it just goes away – i had an abnormal pap on college, a biopsy, another pap 6 months later and it was gone. Your husband likely transmitted it to you because most strains have no symptoms at all. just relax 🙂
and odds of getting ANY STI from a toilet or washing clothes are incredibly slim. Thy need warm bodies and fluids to live- they’re not going to pick a cold toilet seat 🙂
Post # 6
I have fluctuating (mildest to most severe before cancer) PAP results due to my autoimmune disorder. This has been going on for 5 years now, even before my autoimmune disorder was diagnosed.
I am not saying you have an autoimmune disorder, but this could also be due to something else. HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact of your “bathing suit area”…so long as you don’t rub your naked self on other naked people, you are fine. your husband already has it. The body usually clears HPV within 5 years.
Post # 7
Penang1885: Thank you so much! That makes me feel a lot better. I know I’ve been told it’s common and most women don’t have an issue with it, especially when it goes undetected between paps. I was reading another post on this board and it seems like 80% of women are exposed to the virus by the time they are 50.. Hopefully it isn’t the virulent strains as you mentioned. When you say it is cleared in a year or two, do you mean the virus itself or just the abnormal changes to the cell? Thanks!
a_day_at_the_fair: Thank you for the advice in the yearly paps. I will definitely do. I was just concerned because I read that other women go in 6 monthly periods for a repap so I wonder if my 12 month one will be too long.. But thanks for the reality check that my pap was basically nothing. I am trying to come to terms with the virus if I do have it. I am thankful it isn’t serious but I found out that there are so many unknowns about the virus at this stage so I’m still going the phase of my freak out since I haven’t heard of this STI until now. I wonder if I’m the only one who doesn’t know about it even though it’s so common..
Post # 8
I read somewhere that 80% of women in their lifetime will get HPV at some point or another. Whether or not that’s true I can’t say.
Nearly every women I know has has an abnormal pap at least once. It happens. Most bodies just fight off the infection.
I had an abnormal pap a few years back. Unfortunately, after doing many tests and getting three different opinions, I had to get surgery. The doctors weren’t sure whether or not I had cervical cancer. The type of dysplasia that I had was a more severe kind topped off with some glandular dysplasia. Lol. Lucky me! They were pretty concerned about the glandular dysplasia. But I got the surgery done and they were able to conclude that I didn’t have cancer and that they had removed all of the bad cells!
Unfortunately because of the severe type I had my doctor said that there’s a 50% chance of it coming back in 10-15 years. So I can’t wait forever to have kids.
But if the doctor is telling you to wait a year then there’s obviously nothing too concerning! They KNOW if something looks bad and will do something about it, like in my case. Chances are yours will go away. Just keep in mind that abnormal cells are normal (lol) and even if they become severe it’s one of the easiest things to remove and fix!
Post # 9
dewingedpixie: Sorry to hear about that. Were you able to have an HPV test To determine if you actually have it? Glad that your pap was normal at 12 months though. I hope to be in the same boat! And it’s scary to know that there are non-sexual ways to be exposed to the virus.. Ill definitely be more careful around others because no one wants to have to deal with this.. Are handwash and hand sanitizers enough to clean our hands if the virus is on the hands?
StL.Ashley: Thanks so much for your reply! tgat sounds do reassuring. Happy that everything has been find ever since 🙂 If it’s okay to ask, did they test you for the virus? My doctor seems to have just assumed the abnormality was from HPV., and were your results low-grade/mild?
jen_vdm: Thanks for your reply! So sorry to hear about the autoimmune disorder. 🙁 That hits close to home actually because I had weird joint/muscle aches for a month as well as dry eyes and mouth.. So the doc thought I might have an autoimmune issue. It’s really stressful to go though that so I know how you feel. My bloods all came back normal and negative for any autoimmune antibodies but I wonder if it’s still possible to have it? The symproms have now gone though. Also, do you mean that the autoimmune disorder caused the abnormal pap or that it was HPV but it causes the virus to not clear as fast? Hope everything is resolved soon! This has really made me so weary of my health, although I’ve generally been a healthy person anyway. God bless!
Post # 10
MissDarthVader: (Firstly this is random but I love the username. My hubby loves Star Wars haha). Wow! Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, I have read that it’s so common that it is “uncommon” to not have had an abmormal pap.
Sorry to hear that you had to go through all that. but I’m glad to hear it wasn’t cancer 🙂 It must have been stressful.. I know I would have been going crazy (I mean, look at me now going crazy at one abnormal pap that is low-grade). It’s inspiring to hear stories from real life women who have battled the virus and won! And I’m so happy you’re in the clear now 🙂 and I guess you’ll be TTC soon/now? That’s exciting! Thanks for sharing your experience though. I really appreciate it.
I was wondering if you had any symptoms if it’s not too personal? I hear there’s so symptoms at all for abnormalities. I am asking all the women in my life to get a pap annually in case. God bless!
Post # 11
happysmiles1: Hey! I had this result not long ago!! I freaked out too at first but I just realised how common it is, how it usually goes away 90% within 2 years. Even if it does ago away, like a PP said above, they can take care of it. My report says “<strong style=”background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);”>Low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesion” which are mild changes LIKELY caused by a HPV infection. Is this the same as yours? But it’s good that your colposcopy looked normal (so did mine, and I’m told that this is a good thing). It could mean: <br />
1) The initial pap was misread and you had no changes to your cervix.
2) You have HPV present but it isn’t enough to be causing lesions / dysplasia (abnormal cell changes). When at a colposcopy, the gyne will do a biopsy if there are any abnormalities are seen. This will then determine the extent of the abmormality. CIN I = mild changes, CIN II = moderate changes and CIN III = severe changes. There are others too. But for CIN I, it isn’t considered pre-cancer so the doctor will usually not treat it and it’ll go away within 1-2 years. If not, or if it gets worse, that is when the virus is not clearing and it is a persistent infection that might need to be treated.
3) the abnormality might be somewhere higher in the endo cervical canal where it cannot be seen via the colposcopy.
Either way, although it’s hard, we just need to wait and watch for now and keep healthy. Ask your doc about folic acid and taking a multivitamin to help.
Praying for the both of us and anyone else goin through the same!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
happysmiles1: I did not have an HPV test they wanted to do that in the colposcopy.The GP who did the pap said the change in the cells was the type seen in malnutrition, and that HPV wasn’t likely 6 months later and since then pap’s have been normal. I’m on a 2 year pap schedule now.
Post # 13
Please don’t worry. Abnormal paps happen all the time. Sometimes it is just because you had your period lately and have some uterine tissue still on your cervix or if you had sex right before your pap. I had one and my doctor never even told me about it but I haven’t had one since then. The doctor really shouldn’t have said HPV unless you were diagnosed with it.
Post # 14
joko: Thanks for all that information! I have a lot to learn about it. I have no idea what CIN is.. Haven’t even paid much attention to it besides from all the vaccination ads.. Yes! Those were my results too. Low-grade changes. Thanks for the info also on folic acid too! I will ask about it at my next appointment. I have heard of folic acid being good for TTC too. Guess that would be very beneficial for me! Are you going to have a repeat pap soon?
dewingedpixie: Oh, right. Glad everything is back to normal now 🙂 When I was with my doctor, I asked whether I should go back in 6 months instead of 12 months because I would usually go at 12 months regularly. But since there an abnormality, I thought I would need to go in more frequently. She said 12 months will be best to give my body time to heal. It’s going to be an anxious wait.. 🙁
MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Thanks for the message! I was hoping it might have been the yeast infection that caused the abnormal pap. And yes, it was the day where I got my period shortly after the pap. But it seems the doctor said yeast wouldn’t cause the low-grade changea as it would be more consistent with HPV effect or something.. Basically she assumes I have it based on my pap results. Ahh.. Too many unknowns 🙁 I will go back to speak to her more about the main issue on my mind which is TTC.
Post # 15
happysmiles1: Maybe I’m mistaken as I’m surprised no one mentioned it first. I thought an active yeast infection could cause the pap smear results to come back abnormal though.