I posted this in Womens Health lst night, but I cant find my post, maybe it didnt take or something. Anyway, My last pap came back abnormal. The nurse who called me said it cam back a low grade adnormal. Im scheduled to have a colposcopy on July 7th. Ive been reading up on abnormal paps and it seems one of the main reasons is cervical HPV... This is my first pap since I have been with my bf of 14 months. I have had only one previous sexual partner and was with him for 6 and a half years. As far as I know he had never had sex with anyone else. My current bf has had many sexual partners before me. So Im asuming that if it is HPV, I contracted it from my current bf. Is there a test that he can have done to see if he has it? There are no warts/lesions of any kind on his penis...... Also, Im only 25 and want to have children. Will this affect my ability to conceive? He already has 2 children ages 8 and 6...
Hi. Unfortunately there is no hpv test for men. Men are not really at risk although there is a very minor risk for penile cancer. If you have HPV you can assume that he has it too. Wait and see what the colposcopy shows. It may also show mild dysplasia and they may want to wait to see if it clears up on it's own. That's what happened to me. I didn't have to go through with the leep or anything. Just paps every 6 months for a while. It won't affect your ability to conceive but you will of course want to make sure everything is cleared up before you start conceiving. I'm on my 3rd child. I think if you have the leep there may be a little risk for carrying the baby (weakening of the cervix or something?) but I'm not exactly sure. Maybe someone else has some input on that or ask your doctor. Good luck. I know it's a very stressful time to go through. I've been there.
Also, Im only 25 and want to have children. Will this affect my ability to conceive?
Even if it is HPV (which you don't know yet) it is extremely unlikely that it will affect your fertility. You just need to stay on top of it and make sure you get all of your annual exams and any follow-up you need. That way your doctor will be able to spot any potential problems and take care of them long before there is any risk to your fertility.
Make sure you get all of your questions answered when you go for your colposcopy! I am sure once you have more info, you will feel much better.
i had an abnormal pap in November. My colposcopy/biopsy showed mild dysplasia so i had a LEEP. I personally didn't want to just leave it there so i took my Dr.'s advice and had the LEEP. I have high risk HPV as well. The only advice I can give you is to relax and think positive. It sucks to have to go through all of this but at least you are taking care of the problem before it becomes something serious like cancer. Having a LEEP does not effect your fertility. If anything your doctor will monitor you more when you are pregnant because of any procedures done on the cervix. Stay calm and hang in there! :-)
Good afternoon. I too was just diagnosed with HPV (16 & 18) and needless to say am frightened, especially since Dr's say you can have it for 10 years without even knowing it. I am scheduled for my colposopy on July 15h and frightened. Any words of encouragement or words of knowledge?
Don't worry about the colposcopy ... I had one done just over a month ago after being diagnosed with HPV 16 ...the whole process was quick and easy. It was a lot like a normal pap test at the beginning. The doctor then uses a chemical to wash the cervix which changes the "bad" cells white so that they are visible. With mine, she (my doctor) then took a biopsy of the spots on the cervix that looked concerning. A little cleaning up and everything was done and over with. A tiny, itty-bit of cramping while she did the actual biopsy, but other than that- nothing. No need to worry !! Unfortunately for me, I found out last week (after the results came in) that I had CIN 2-3 lessions and will be having laser treatment to my cervix next month. I know how you're feeling, but honestly- so far, everything has been going smoothly. Take care and I hope you fare well !!
for carolinagirl63! what you most likely have as with most women who have cervical hpv is pre cancerous cells. the doctor will insert a scallop or so into your vagina up on your cervix and freeze off any pre cancerous cells, it's not cold in fact you dont feel a thing, u just here the noise of the tank, the doc will do that for 3 minutes straight, the bad thing is he will warn you, that you will feel cramping occur like as if you were on your period but ten times worse, after the 3 min. he stops and takes everything out and lets you rest for about 10 minutes, then does the same procedure for another 3 minutes then its finally done. for the next few weeks after you will have a wet, watery type dischage. basically your vagina is melting after it has been frozen! oh yeah the cramping last for a day and thats the only side effects that you will get its not really that bad in the end.
My colposcopy showed mild dysplasia (CIN1) as well, but my doctor suggested me not to do anything at this point. He wants me to do another pap in 6 months to see if it goes away itself. If not, he suggested Cryotherapy. Is it safe to wait 6 months? Why would doctor not recommend treatment right away? I am worried....
It is extremely safe to wait. A "wait and see" approach is what most doctors recommend for mild dysplasia.
These types of cell changes in the cervix are common, and they often go away on their own. A lot of the time, your body is able to clear the virus and everything will be fine at your next pap. This is especially likely in younger women.
Even in an absolutely worst case scenario (which is very unlikely), if the abnormal cells do turn into cancer, cervical cancer is incredibly slow growing. Six months will not make the least bit of difference.