Re: Scared and needing information
I am so sorry for what you are going through. I know how terrified you are both for your health and future fertility. Two years ago I was diagnosed with HPV. Since then my GYN monitors me every 6 mths and a couple of times I have had to have a colposcopy done to screen for cancer because of abnormal paps. Both came back normal. The word cancer is enough to scare the pants off anyone. While there is an increased risk of cervical cancer, you have a few things going for you: 1st - cancer is a rare diagnosis so right off the bat your chances are good; 2nd - cervical cancer is highly curable IF caught early; and 3rd - cervical cancer rarely inhibits fertility if caught and treated early. Your fears are valid and natural, but your chances are very good that there is nothing wrong and you just need to be monitored closely by your Dr. As for a colposcopy, I have to admit it's not the most pleasant experience, and each person is different. For me it wasn't more painful than a tiny pinch. Don't be afraid to ask your Dr ANY questions, that's part of her job. Good luck and keep us posted!