Yep-I’ve had it. Since college! All thru college! You name the procedure and I’ve probably had it done-LEEP, cone biopsy, colposcopy, uterine hysteroscopy, cervical vaporization. There really isn’t much they (or you…so try to think ++++!) can do once they determine that it isn’t caused by an infection such as BV (bacterial vaginosis/vaginitis-sp?), chronic yeast, etc. HPV is very contagious and the #1 cause of cervical cancer in women. However, while it is good to be informed and be in charge of your health-close the books, stop reading articles on the internet. Cervical cancer is extremely slow growing, which is why the constant retesting. If (by the distant and far chance) that they do find malignant cells, it is caught VERY early and the prognosis is very good. Lasers are incredible things and the cervical vaporization will “burn” the diseased tissue right off and you will heal in no time!
I have had a pap every 3 months for a LONG time, once two in a row come back normal (which they do and will), then they moved it back to every 6 months. I have been off and on with this since college.
Cysts-have had those too and right now, have one on each ovary. These did get to be bothersome, and quite a long time ago-I had such pelvic pain (I think I was 19 or 20, maybe 21…I’m 38 now) that they did the vaginal ultrasound (a peculiar experience if you’ve never had one), found a cyst on each ovary, and ordered surgery. Abdominal laparoscopy is minimally invasive-had a surprise inside though-in addition to a cyst the size of a grapefruit on one ovary and a smaller one on the other one-I also had copious amounts of endometriosis. They tend to treat this very aggressively bc it causes scar tissue-they don’t really know how, but for some reason, uterine tissue grows outside of your uterus-usually throughout your abdomen, but can sometimes get up into your thoracic (sp?) cavity. When you have your monthly period, that tissue bleeds just like your interuterine tissue does-only then you have a period. Outside of the uterus, that blood has no where to go, so it causes scar tissue. This can cause infertility-so, like I said, they tend to treat it aggressively. You can’t see endometriosis on an ultrasound and there is no test for it. I was on several cycles of Lupron Depot that puts you in a synthetic state of menopause to help minimize the bleeding in your body. My cyclic pain ranged from mild to almost crippling-putting me in bed with meds and a heating pad. Surgery did help that, the Lupron did help that, getting rid of the cysts that they removed during surgery helped that…but….let me also tell you that a vast majority of cysts go away on their own. Motrin will help, or maybe your GYN can prescribe something to help more.
I know you are scared and I didn’t mean to scare you more-but as someone who has been there-repeatedly-I can tell you not to worry (I know it’s hard), do what your doctor says and get the repeat paps (every 3 months if necessary), if they prescribe meds-such as metrogel or some other topical treatments-use the entire course for as long as they tell you. You have a very long way to go from dysplasia to cancer, so while it is worrysome, try not to!
I have had repeated visits to the GYN as I’ve gotten older-and the latest vaginal ultrasound I had done showed not only a cyst on each ovary, but also interuterine fibroids. Lovely! Open communication with your GYN is essential. I have only had “pressure” feeling in my abdomen this time around-but it’s not normal for me, but is normal for how I’ve felt when I’ve had cysts before. No pain or discomfort during sex, no abnormally heavy periods-just the pressure. Being on the correct birth control pill will also help considerably, so be sure to monitor this with your GYN-if you’ve taken the pill before, don’t just keep taking the same one because “thats what you’ve always taken”-as you get older, your body will change-hormones shift, etc. I’ve had twins since then (they will be six in October) and all is well. Remember that you are in good hands! 🙂
Hope this helps!