It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-28-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 2
mnStudent HB User
Abnormal Pap Smear

I just had my yearly Pap Smear done and my doctor called me saying my cells came back as abnormal and they want me to come back for more testing and a colposkopi (spelling?) ... and I still fully do not understand everything thats going on. She said whatever it is .. it's in the initial stages.. and they want me to be checked for cervical cancer .. and she kept talking about HPV..so does that mean I have an STD?.. or I wont know until tests are done. What do I need to be doing more of, and less of? Are there long term effects? I am so freaked out and feel like I don't understand what to expect .. nor what's going on anyways. Please help.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 08-28-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Pickle Eyes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Somewhere In TX, USA
Posts: 3,591
Pickle Eyes HB UserPickle Eyes HB UserPickle Eyes HB User
Re: Abnormal Pap Smear

Hi mnStudent. I understand your feelings. That is kind of how I felt back in January when I was told I had HPV after never having a bad pap (26 years straight).

If you haven't read about HPV and its cervical cancer connection, I highly recommend you go to the Center for Disease Control or the National Cancer Institute. Also, read about the colposcopy. It will help you a lot. Whatever you read, though, be sure it is a reliable site, not just some person talking about them. Personally, I look for .gov or .org in the website addresses.

The pap is only a screening device. If/when they come back abnormal the doctor might order the colposcopy to take a closer look at the cervix. The doctor might take a biopsy (and possibly an ECC - endocervical curettage). The results will say what types of cells were found and what level the dysplasia is. From there, the doctor might tell you to come back every 3, 4, or 6 months for rechecks or the doctor will tell you that you need further testing/biopsies.

I hope that helps.

 
Old 08-29-2008, 08:15 AM   #3
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 2
mnStudent HB User
Re: Abnormal Pap Smear

Yeah, those seem like all the actions I've been taking so far. I have an appt. for next week for a colposkopi (sp?)

But, does this mean I have an STD? or it could be anything?

 
Old 08-29-2008, 04:57 PM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Pickle Eyes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Somewhere In TX, USA
Posts: 3,591
Pickle Eyes HB UserPickle Eyes HB UserPickle Eyes HB User
Re: Abnormal Pap Smear

The strains of HPV that cause cervical dysplasia are considered STDs because they are contracted by sexual contact. So yes. If you are high risk HPV positive then you have an STD.

I hate knowing that about myself, but remind myself that something like 80% of women aged 50+ have been exposed to HPV.

 
Old 08-30-2008, 11:28 AM   #5
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,454
Thisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB UserThisby HB User
Re: Abnormal Pap Smear

If it's any consolation, it's an STD that at least 75% of the sexually active population has. Only difference is that you know it. As for the prognosis, most women clear this on their own. The colposcopy should tell you what's up. Good luck.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
'abnormal cells' kels0311 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 7 03-27-2009 01:51 PM
abnormal pap sg1112 Women's Health 3 04-20-2008 08:38 AM
Abnormal and Scared djdragonblood Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 2 05-31-2006 06:23 AM
should i be worried about abnormal pap smear? ness67 Women's Health 7 05-24-2006 10:20 AM
Update on abnormal pap and colposcopy prismcolors Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 4 02-04-2005 04:30 PM
LEEP after many abnormal paps, and a bit of humor jvossrn Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 14 12-13-2004 11:35 AM
Abnormal Pap Gtpchic31 Women's Health 7 05-09-2004 04:59 AM
abnormal cells again....LGSIL secretblue Sexually Transmitted Diseases 3 02-24-2004 06:12 AM
abnormal pap and ct scan and pelvic ultrasound teresa38 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 11 02-19-2004 07:04 AM
pregnant abnormal pap smear besafe20 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 2 08-23-2003 06:24 PM




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:14 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!