I've always been very aware of the importance of regular Pap tests. My mother encouraged me to start having regular Pap tests when I turned 18 and I followed her advice.
After always having normal results from my two-yearly Pap tests, I was alarmed to be told by my GP that my latest results (when I was 30) were abnormal and were graded CIN 3 or dysplasia (high grade change). CIN 3 is not cancer. This kind of change can often just be monitored, treatment, or a minor procedure to remove the abnormal cells can be performed.
My GP immediately referred me to the Clinic for a colposcopy, to investigate further. This is like a Pap test, but the gynaecologist examines the cells through a microscope while you lie there.
So off I went, with Mum by my side, to have this procedure. The doctor examined my cervix, to show up any abnormal changes to cervical cells, took another Pap test , HPV test and did a biopsy. The results came back showing abnormal changes, cervical dysplasia and HPV positive for high risk strains 16&18 so my doctor recommended me first to do treatment with CERVUGID Ovules combined with Isoprinosine Tablets (antiviral - just one course with 3 boxes for severe HPV high risk) and if the treatment doesn’t work to do Cone Biopsy. This treatment has to be administrated in 2 courses, each course 3 boxes of Cervugid Ovules.
I don't know how these worked but it couldn't be bad. I stopped the Cervugid treatment like my doctor told me and to repeat all medical tests.
Thankfully the biopsy, pap test and HPV test were excellent, with no cancer cells found, or sign of spreading.
Since then I have been in and out to Hospital for routine colposcopies every six months. I have recently reached the two year mark since my diagnosis, and due to my normal results, I only have to go in once a year now. I am very grateful to the lovely nurses and doctors from Clinic.