Originally Posted by Quirk
so i'm starting to consider taking birth control, specifically YAZ. when i went on the website, people shouldn't take it who are "at risk" for cervical cancer. well, i have had HPV for awhile, but only had my first abnormal pap a few months ago. i actually have a follow-up pap (from my colpop) next week, so i'm hoping it will come back normal *cross your fingers!*
Is your HPV low risk or high risk? That makes a difference, I think.
I dont' know anything about the BCPs, but I *do* have experience with positive HPV (high risk). And I tell you my story to share my experience, not to scare you.
My paps have always come back clear/good. In December my doctor (a general physcian) did my pap and for the first time she added on the HPV/DNA test. It came back positive for high risk HPV. She sent me to a gynecologist who did a colposcopy. That was clear, so just for good measure she did an endocervical curettage (ECC) (scraping the cervical canal). THAT is where they found adenocarcinoma in situ. From there, I had a cone biopsy. That's where they found adencarcinoma Ia1. This is a very low grade of cancer, and treatment is a hysterectomy (uterus and cervix only). I am planning on a hysterectomy in June. I actually feel blessed that my doctors ran the tests which are making me have the hysterectomy.
I saw a gynecological oncologist today. She said, most likely, in 1 year I'd be symptomatic and be looking at a radical hysterectomy and possibly other treatments. So, my advice to you is to get your doctors to follow up on the positive HPV results (especially if it is high risk). And ask for your pathology reports.
Like I said, my doctors just happened upon my cancer because they looked a little further. I encourage you to encourage your doctors to do the same.