Post # 1
I had an abnormal pap smear about 6 months ago when I had my regular check up. I seriously wish they had had that dang HPV vaccine when I was younger! I went back and the colposcopy and biopsy (I believe that’s what it’s called). My Doctor advised I wait 6 months and them come back (keep coming back every 6 months for 2 years).
Well, I went back last week for my first check up. Lucky me, I still had an abnormal pap. Now the first one, and this one, was termed a “mild dysplasia”, and my doctor told me the condition hadn’t worsened at all but was the same. He recommended I wait another 6 months and then come in again for another pap, so that my immune system can fight the “bad guys” on their own (my OBGYN is seriously the funniest and sweetest guy ever– he always has a funny quip). He said he wasn’t going to take any cervical cells out unless my condition worsened because it wasn’t that bad right now. He also doesn’t want to remove the cells unless it gets worse because he doesn’t want me to have problems conceiving in the future (he’s so funny. He delivered all my little cousins, who are all from 2-9 years old and told me he fully plans on delivering my babies too!).
Does anybody have any experience on this? I definitely trust my doctor, but it is still very frustrating, sad, scary, etc. to be told you have something wrong with you and it’s not getting better, even if it’s not getting worse. Has anyone had this happen? How did you get better? Did you do something on your own you think helped?
I’m looking for all help and encouragement!
Post # 3
I have been dealing with the same thing for about 5 years now….nothing changes for better or worse… I was freaked out at first but not so much anymore. I just go to the doctor every 6 months and know that I am going to have an abnormal and then go back 6 months later. I have had the colposcopy numerous times and even did cryotheraphy or something like that (basically freezing of a part of the cervix) which is supposed kill the “bad” cells and works for 95% of women supposedly…lucky me, I was in the 5%! lol… I wouldn’t stress too much if your dr. isn’t. It is more annoying than anything!
Post # 4
Your doctors seems to know what he is doing; however, if I were you I would get a second opinion, just to put my mind at ease.
I will tell you my story.
When I was much younger and before I had my kids, I had several abnormal pap smears. It turned out that I had what is called a hydatidform mole. This was over 30 years ago and I was told that I would never be able to have children; nowadays they know better. I was 17 at the time and I knew that I wanted children, even then. Needless to say I was devastated. Anyway, they were able to remove it and it hasn’t come back and I haven’t had an abnormal pap smear since.
I know this must be extremely hard for you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, but your doctor seems to think everything will work out for you. Just keep a healthy life style and try not to think about it. I know that is easier said than done, but if you dwell on it, you will only make yourself sick.
EDIT: Oh, and I have 3 wonderful children too 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for your views ladies! I really appreciate it! My doctor said more than likely, the abnormal cells showed up because of stress. When I had the first abnormal pap, I was starting law school, so I can definitely see it being stress! Unfortunately, I’m going to be stressed for quite a while!
@noritake22: I am always terrified I won’t be able to have children, but I think it’s because I know I want children really badly (one day haha). I will definitely consider having a second opinion though. That’s not a bad thing, and a good use of $50 🙂
@Jushackett: I figure it’s pretty common in most women. Hopefully it won’t get any worse, but i have 6 months, so I’ll just keep myself nice and healthy!
Post # 6
Similar situation. Had mild dysplasia, confirmed by colposcopy and biopsy, come back in 6 months. Second time, still mild dysplasia, confirmed by colposcopy and biopsy, come in another 6 months. This time, improved, now just “abnormal cells,” still hpv+, no need for colposcopy, get another pap in 4-5 months to see if it’s completely gone. Even if it’s normal, I still need to get paps every 6 months for two years, before I can space back out to annually.
The point is, it can go away. It doesn’t always, and sometimes it gets worse and requires intervention (LEEP or cone biopsy). Back in the day, they were more aggressive, but they found that mild dysplasia often disappears on its own, so now many docs are willing to follow for several years before treating.
Post # 7
I had an abnormal 2 years ago – which required me to go every months. I was HPV+ as well, and had to have a biospy and colpo. done. I wish I remember what the results were – I was so stressed out about it all that I didn’t fully understand it. I did need to have cyrotherapy done. Mine was pre-cancerous, in the mid range when she showed me some chart. I tuned out the results, wish I didn’t…
Ever since I had the cryo I have not had another abnormal. I was actually due last month for my 6 month checkup, but I have to wait until May for my doctor to be back from maternity leave.
I got the HPV vaccine after the fact, but it only covers a few strands, not all of them. Even with it, I still had a chance of having issues.
Hoping for a clean one this time again. I don’t think I can handle another cryotherapy session. It was so bad for me, and I bled for almost 3 months after. I was miserable.
Post # 8
I had mild dysplasia and went in for the test and biopsy. I have to schedule and go in again soon. I have delayed it a few months because I really don’t want to do it but I know that only harms me! I got the first HPV shot too, does it have to be redone if you are late on the 2nd shot?
I am wondering if you ladies had a hot flash when you got the biopsy? I had two essentially b/c he took 2 clamps of my cervix. One was pretty deep from how painful it was! I got really hot and then started crying my eyes out and cried the rest of the day even though I wasn’t exactly sad. It hurt like hell! I had no idea I was getting a biopsy that day because I was referred to him from my family doctor who does the basic pap smears. I am definitely taking like 4-5 advil before going next time! I’ve had two mole biopsys on my stomach and it was not half as painful as the cervix one!
Also if they take too many biopsys (sp?) then you can have trouble having kids?! I think someone above said something like this. My doctor explained a few things to me but only the basics of what the condition was.
Post # 9
I have had experience with this also. I’ve had abnormal paps for quite some time and I got into the routine of having a pap every 6 months, getting the abnormal results, coming in for the colposcopy/biopsy, and then my doc telling me that everything was fine that my body would fight it on its own more than likely and that I would come in for another pap in six months.
All this changed in January/February of this year however. I had my pap, went through my normal routine, and when I showed up to my appointment to get the results for the colposcopy/biopsy my doctor informed me that I would need to have surgery (in like a week) so that he could perform a cone biopsy. I was in complete shock and stressed about the surgery up until the time that I had it.
If your doctor is telling you that its only mild dysplasia and to wait it out I would go with what he says. Mine was moderate/severe thats why we acted on it. I go back in June for my 4 month followup pap so hopefully my results will be good =) and my husband and I will start ttc then.
Post # 10
Sorry ladies, speaking of Too Much Information, I started my period yesterday LOL and I have horrid cramps that put me out of commission from doing anything but curling into a ball and either sleeping or crying. Walking is not usually possible without being stooped over or throwing up. I’m also on the pill AND a narcotic cramp relief script. UGH sometimes being a woman is NO fun!
Thanks for all your views! You’ve all made me feel so much better! Not better that I have freaking HPV and all this, but that I’m not alone. It makes me feel so much better to know I’m not alone and have someone to talk to. I must be the only one of my friends who has this issue, and my mother certainly doesn’t have this problem. SHE doesn’t get cramps, had zero morning sickness and was only in labor 3-5 hours total.
@bonbonisinlove: It was SO awkward and uncomfortable! I just imagined I was somewhere else. My poor doctor kept trying to distract me. He’d be like “so what did you learn about in school today?” My response: “We talked about…. government imm… unities… and… um… joinder.” haha I’m sure they’re used to it. I was sore for a day or two BUT I had like nasty brown discharge for a few days. And NOOOO, the biopsy isn’t what my doctor was telling me about. The biopsy is just scraping the tissue/cells (remember in biology class when we’d scrape our tongues for cells to look at in the microscope?– same thing, I believe, although I’m not a science person). The cryotherapy is when (I believe, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong) they remove actual cervical tissue.
@Chimichanga: oh gosh! I will definitely be praying for y’all! I am sure everything will be fine though. Please let me know how it all goes, and obviously how the baby making is going I love me some babies! I just don’t want any right htis second haha
Post # 11
@LaviniaRose2013: HaHa my husband wants like 6 (not happening btw lol) Just try not to stress. I did a lot of research in the week leading up to my surgery and I found some stuff about taking different types of vitamins to help your immune system out while its fighting the hpv. All of the vitamins that were recommended are in prenatals (from what I can tell) so now I’m adamant about taking them!
Post # 12
I was diagnosed with HPV about 6 years ago. With my first abnormal pap, my doctor found pre-cancerous cells, which led me to a complete melt down. After biopsy #1 (lower cervix), he found nothing. I went in for an out patient surgery for him to check out my upper cervix, which is where he found the bad cells. He removed them while I was knocked out. I started seeing him every 3 months, then as my paps started coming back normal, it was 6 months, then back to a year. He said that being under the age of 26, that my cervix wasn’t fully developed yet, and that the gardisil shots could help get rid of the HPV. In the end it worked. The last few paps I’ve had have all come back negative for HPV, and I’ve had no problems concieving (#2 currently in the oven).
Post # 13
@LaviniaRose2013: The cryotherapy is where they freeze the cervix to remove the cells. The first freezing wasn’t bad – it was the ones to follow that hurt. It was like something heavy was sitting on my stomach, and I had to push down with my hand to help relieve the pain. You do bleed/discharge for a month or so after, I just did for an extended period of time.
Post # 13
I also just diagnosed with abnormal pap smear .but if i got hpv will i passed it to my partner.i only have the first sex 1year ago and he is the only partner.can anyone tell me whether he will think i passed some virus to him?
Post # 14
Not sure if this is of any help to anyone but if you have a B12 deficiency it can cause abnormal pap smear results, which can mimic cervical cancer etc, so it’s worth getting your B12 levels checked if your smears come back abnormal as sometimes it’s a simple as that, and is easily treated.