Originally Posted by Richsgirl
Weird side note, I have heard that getting pregnant and/or delivering a baby takes care of any abnormal cells on the cervix.
Has anyone else heard of this? We were thinking of getting pregnant before I got all my test results and now we aren't sure what to do--again more questions for my dr.
What?! No. This is bad information and should be rejected out of hand. Pregnancy results in an immunocompromised state, sometimes severely. It is well documented that underlying conditions normally controlled by the immune system, even predispositions that haven't developed into a true condition yet (e.g. diabetes) are apt to occur during pregnancy. Whoever told you that probably meant that if a pregnant woman with normal paps suddenly has an abnormal pap, it is likely due to a "flare" of hpv (dormant to active) due to her immunocompromised state, and that post-partum, her immune status reverted to normal which reversed the abnormalities.
I second everything Pickle Eyes has suggested; she gave good advice. I also suggest hpv tests with every pap henceforth even if you must pay for the hpv test yourself. The test isn't perfect but combined with the pap, gives you as much information as possible without undergoing another procedure. I know we'd all like to avoid that, especially if we want children. And yes, there is a limit to how much removal the cervix can take, something I wish doctors would understand. Maybe then they'd stop dismissing the effects of hpv as something that "just requires some follow up."