Re: Abnormal and Scared
Try not to be too scared. Dysplasia is common and is just about 100% curable. On average, it takes years to progress to cancer, but you should never wait that long to follow up on it because it progresses quickly in some people. Dysplasia can cause vaginal bleeding, especially after sex, which may explain your bloody discharge.
You can have your Pap smear at any time before or after your period. A little bit of light bleeding should not affect the results but Pap smears DO have a false positive rate so it's a possibility.
Also, you said that you'd never had an STD, but you should know that dysplasia/cervical cancer is caused, in almost 100% of cases, by a virus called HPV. Almost all sexually adults have it, but some strains are more likely to cause cancer than others.
Should you be worried? Well, more information is required to answer that question. If you have mild dysplasia, then no. Mild dysplasia often goes away by itself with no treatment although you must keep an eye on it to be sure it doesn't get worse. If, however, you have severe dysplasia then you need treatment. There's no reason to worry excessively, because it's very treatable, but it's important to take it seriously because severe dysplasia is likely to progress to cancer.
If you already have early stage cancer, then you are still almost 100% likely to be cured, with procedures that are a bit more extensive. On the other hand, invasive cancer is much less treatable, but it's highly unlikely that you have invasive cancer.
In terms of vitamins, Folic Acid has been shown in some studies to help regress cervical dysplasia.
Overall, don't be panicked. What you're going through is common and treatable, but it is important to take it seriously and go for all followup appointements to keep it from progressing.
Last edited by Timber; 05-19-2006 at 06:49 AM.