I recently had two abnormal pap smears in a row and was directed to someone else to have a colposcopy done. The doctor I had was a man of few words and I have some questions about my results and was wondering if anyone else possibly knew more about this than I do. When I first had it done he said there were very minor changes to my cervix unlike what the abnormal pap smears were reporting and he took a biopsy and told me that there looked to be a possibility of having HPV (I have no symptoms - which I know many don't show any..) but when I called for my results a week later he told me that he saw inflamation, never mentioned HPV again nor anything else (I was also tested for chlamydia) and asked me to set up a thin-layer pap test in 6 months just to watch and make sure there is nothing precancerous there. Does this mean I don't have HPV? I guess I wish he would have explained things a bit better! Thanks for anyones help.
I had one abnormal pap 4 years or so ago. i was referred to a OBGYN. He did a colposcopy and a biopsy. said there were changes to the cervixs and I had a LEAP done which is a laser procedure to remove the bad part of the cervix. I had HPV, but was not a well known thing yet. The HPV caused the changing of the cells in the cervix to Dysplasia (stage one) There are three stages to cervical cancer. Dont be afraid, It does not mean you have cancer or anything bad, but that you should seek a second opion with a doctor that is maybe able to do everything (pap, closcopy, and anything to been done) There is also a separate test that they have to submit for the biopsy or pap to be tested for HPV and some insurance companies do not cover it, but your doctor should have explained all this to you. If you have HPV, you may not have any signs I never did and had it for at least 2 years and was to the point where it had spread to my uterus and I had to have a small part of it removed and ended up having to do kemo theraputic treatments. It all sounds scary and I am sure you are concerned and very worried because of all the things you hear about HPV now. Get a second opion with a good doctor. If you have any questions I would be happy to help.
I had a similar sitiuation. I went to my family doctor and she seemed on top of all these things, but did not tell me I had HPV until after 2 pap tests, and a colposcomy(bad speller) later. I was lucky and had physical symptoms of soreness and pain from intercourse which got me into my doctor to get a pap test. My pain was a fortunate early warning sign to get checked up. It sounds like you did the right thing. So my only advice is that if your doctor leaves you uncertain, ask people you know, at work, or friends, who they go to ask for a good OBGYN, and research for yourself on the internet. It is true you could still have HPV . It could take years for any signs of it. The only thing you can do is be proactive, research and ger your paps done routinely as told by your doctor. If unsure of your doctors knowledge try other doctors next time, but make sure you transfer your records to the new doctor as it is vital that they have all your history to make knowledgable decisions about your needs. I know I didn't have warts. My 2nd OBGYN just told me that I have high risk HPV, but my colposcomy results have always come back ok , no signs of cancer, just confirmation that I have HPV. He told me that my other doctors in the past perhaps were not able to tell me all these details that he provided, because right know they are still learning about HPV, in fact you might have more knowledge than your doctor by researching medical qualilfied info about HPV online , I bet the next time you would go to you doctor you might be more able to ask your questions in the right detailed way to get answers about your body . Educaton is the key. Good luck, and I hope you don't have it, but if you do it'll be ok as long as you actively get your paps, and followup on doctor's directions. ALWAYS GET YOUR PAP ONCE A YEAR- is a golden rule no matter how healthy you think you are - i have hpv and my life has only been altered in that I'm more aware about my body and more causious. i will have to get paps 2x a year, and if clear results are evident after 5 or 6 paps I can reduce my visits to 1 a year. All girls are different but HPV is not the end of the world, but something to stay on top of .
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