Re: LEEP question, hope someone can help
Hi - your story sounds similar to mine, I don't know that I can help, because I left my post-LEEP check today and was still a bit confused, but there is strengh in knowing you're not alone. I had an abnormal pap in May 2005 and the report came back as 'can't rule out high grade cells' and so had a colposcopy/biopsy in June. The tissue came back normal. I had a second abnormal pap in Nov. 2005, this one came back as high grade cells, so I had a coloposcopy / biopsy in Dec. again, the tissue was normal. Following a lot of discussion with my ob/gyn I elected to have the LEEP; his main concern was that the abnormal cells were further up and out of reach of the biopsy. I agreed with his logic and to be truthful, I was hoping this would be the case and that the LEEP would get it all. So I had the LEEP done on January 4th. The pathology came back as completely normal.
Like you, I've made many life changes since the abnormal pap in November, I take a multi vitamin with high folic acid every day and am following measures to boost my immune system; eating organic foods when possible, taking extra vitamin C and diet / exercise changes.
My Doc has a few theories to explain the normal tissue. The first is that the abnormal tissue was in the cauterized area of the cervix, so it was destroyed and not picked up by pathology. A second thought is that the pap was overread and low grade cells, which clear up on their own frequently, were branded high grade. A third, is that the cells were high grade and my improved lifestyle helped them to regress; unusual, but not impossible. My personal favorite is that both paps were over-read and were in normal limits.
I'm scheduled for a repeat pap and HPV test in June. I want to know which strands I have and if they are not the high risk ones, I'll know I have breathing room. I've also decided that if it's abnormal I'd like to see a gyn-oncologist.
Good luck to you and everyone else out there with this issue.