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Old 08-15-2005, 03:11 PM   #1
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Questions about treamtent for HPV

Hello! I've posted about my little problem in two other boards here now. lol I'll make this one shorter than the previous ones - I just had a baby 3 1/2 months ago. I went to my 6-week check-up when I was 12 weeks postpartum because I had been out of town with the baby, visiting my family. My pap ended up coming back abnormal. I don't know the details as to what my results were classified as (wishing I had asked now). The pap I had back in October at my prenatal check-up when I was 3 months along came back normal. I know that odds are, I have HPV due to a few unprotected sexual encounters I had with a previous boyfriend. I'm now with the father of my baby (we had previously been together for 4 1/2 years, took a "break" which was when I went with the other guy, and then got back together, then I became pregnant a few months later) and we're getting married this coming Spring. Okay, I'm rambling here...

What I'm wondering is how the methods of treatment are determined when it comes to HPV? I'd love to only have to have something as simple as freezing my cells done. Not really looking forward to a cone biopsy or LEEP. Is freezing the cells just for really mild cases? And the LEEP is for the really extreme? Do some cases of HPV not have to be treated at all?

Thanks for your help!!

 
Old 08-16-2005, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Questions about treamtent for HPV

Remember that the virus can lay dormant for a while before it presents itself, so determining where you contracted it may be difficult. From everything I've read, there are two different kinds of HPV...low-risk and a high-risk. The type of HPV can be determined through a specific test. Many of the low-risk ones go away on their own, but you should find out whether your abnormal cells were ASCUS, mild, moderate to severe...not to mention you could be getting a false reading. You seem to know about the usual treatments. The treatment will usually be dependent on the severity of the dysplasia. Good luck.

 
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