I'm 25. I had a pap in January that came back with minimal abnormalities and positive for high-risk HPV. I had a follow-up colposcopy last week that I am waiting for results from. The doctor who performed the colposcopy said he suspects that I'll likely be told to have another pap in 6-8 months (is that normal? I've read 3-4 online) to monitor the situation, but that because I'm young, don't smoke, rarely drink, am not on birth control, etc., the virus will go away on its own. (Although from what I gather from my many Google searches, this is just a phrase--the virus will always be there, just dormant?)
The most frustrating thing for me at this point is the feeling of helplessness and loss of control; apart from abstaining, I've done what one's supposed to for their sexual health: haven't had a slew of sexual partners, used protection, got tested, had yearly paps--all normal until this year. Still contracted HPV. And now there's nothing I can do directly to be 100% sure I'll get rid of this.
Needing to do SOMETHING, I've been looking up ways to give my immune system the boost it needs to kick this. So far, I've started taking the following supplements:
Simply One Women, Iron Free
Jarrow Formulas Antioxidant Optimizer
New Chapter Probiotic Immunity
a Super B Complex
I've been working on getting into shape for a while now, but being in a new graduate program had slacked on the diet and exercise. Now I've gotten strict with myself again--lots of fruits and vegetables, almond milk instead of regular, little to no white starches, no red meat. And I'm drinking two cups of green tea a day. Organic as much as possible--although with a student's funding, this is somewhat difficult.
I am going to see a nutritionist at my university in a week to see if there's anything else I could be doing, but I was wondering if there's anything that you all have found helpful in dealing with this? Not just physically, either, but emotionally--because I'm just a wreck some days, and lacking in the 'shoulder-to-lean-on' department. The only way I'm coping right now is by turning the situation into a challenge--a 'how fast can I beat this?' sort of thing...
Thanks, and best.