All of the above.
Abnormal pap, colposcopy discovers HPV (that I could only determine was given to me by my then boyfriend). Every pap since that colposcopy though has been normal and I also had the HPV vaccination.
This was almost 6 years ago.
I had an abnormal pap smear once. They did the procedure and it came back normal. I think this happens a lot. It was a few years ago but I remember my doctor being pretty reassuring that everything was probably OK. It wasn't a fun procedure but it didn't hurt, it was just uncomfortable. I got to see my insides on the camera which was kind of cool and it was over pretty quickly. Waiting for results was the worst part of it.
My gyno has been very reassuring about it being a small abnormality and everything being fine too so i hope she's right and mine goes as smoothly as yours did!
This happened to me too, and is what I came here to say.
You can get an abnormal pap even if you don't have HPV also. They do the colposcopy because they want to make sure if there really is an abnormality that isn't going away.
It happened to me about 11 years ago.
My doctor's office called me and told me my PAP was abnormal and advised that I come in for another. That next one came back clear/normal. Haven't had an abnormal one since. Knock on wood.
Is this your first one that came back abnormal? Why are they immediately going to a colposcopy instead of doing another one?
Yeah, it's my first abnormal one. She told me they could tell from the results that I had an hpv strain so I think that's why. I have no idea how they tell these things but my gyno office has always been great so hopefully I can trust them.
The exact same thing happened to me! I had to get a colposcopy, and after they tested that sample, they did a LEEP on me where they scraped/burned all the bad cells off my cervix. The LEEP worked and I am good now =)
The colposcopy is just like a more invasive pelvic exam that feels a little more painful. The LEEP (which you might not need...it depends on what the colpo results say) was more painful given the nature of what they're actually doing to you.
Feel free to ask me any more detailed questions you have!
Thanks so much, that makes me feel a little more reassured because I started crying earlier. . . i'm emotional lol. Fingers crossed that everything will be fine. I'm going in for a consult type appointment Friday so I'll probably come up with a list of questions for her before then. Oh I do have one - did you have insurance and if so, did it cover most of the colposcopy? I know every insurance company is different but just trying to ballpark what I am going to be paying.
My particular insurance covered some of it. I don't remember how much I was charged for each the colpo, the lab results from the colpo, and the LEEP. It was about $300 after insurance for all 3 bills.
Yes. I had a colposcopy, and it was determined I had HPV. I was still having abnormal paps after 4.5 years, so my doctor did cryotherapy on my cervix to deal with it, and I actually just today got my third normal pap results since the cryo. I never had any warts or other symptoms. Just a shameful cervix.
I did when I was a kid but just needed to shove some goop up my vagina for a week or whatever. My bacteria levels were off. Or something. It was a long time ago :P
I had an abnormal pap a couple of years ago. Had a colposcopy and it came back normal. I understand this happens. It still wasn't fun between learning the results and having the procedure...
My gynecologist is awesome - kept me distracted while he did the procedure, so it was at least a little less mentally/emotionally draining. But it feels like tiny menstrual cramps while it happens. Just take a few deep breaths and think of something else.
Yes, I've had an abnormal pap. Had a colposcopy which came back completely normal. No HPV. Hhad other abnormal paps (results no worse then the one before it). Refused another colposcopy each time.
I had one that came back as a bad sample but I of course had a heart attack. It turned out to be nothing when they redid my pap smear. Hopefully yours turns out to be nothing-but better to catch it now than a lot later if it is something.
Yes, to all of that.
HPV is like the common cold of the STD world. Many people have it but not everyone has symptoms.
It has nothing to do with your decision making skills, so please don't blame yourself. And actually you are making the exact right decision by seeing a doctor and following up on treatment. You should feel good about that!
I cried too, because it is really the first big, bad medical issue I had. But then I started thinking of it like a cavity. You go to the dentist, gt an abnormal result of a cavity and go back and get it taken care of. Annoying and painful, yes, but ultimately you are OK!
The colpo process I have had a few times. Bascially it is a pinch, they take a sample of cells and really trying to see if your body is fighting off the HPV, if it is getting better or worse. If its getting better, they will just watch the situation. If it is getting worse, they may need to do a leep, then keep monitoring you with more frequent pap or more colpo's.
Also, it is scary to hear the words, abnormal results, especially keeping in mind that HPV can eventually lead to cervical cancer. BUT please know, that is super slow to develop (like 4-5 years out) and there are quite a few treatments between now and then to fight it, if you keep going for regular checkups. You just need to take care of your health (eat right, exercise, sleep)
I hope this helps? Yes, its scary, but you are not alone, and I bet you are going to be just fine after all this! Good luck to you!
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Thank you, it did help. Seems like everyone who commented has had HPV go away after a while so I am hopeful that will happen to me! Especially because my doctor said it was a small abnormality. I'm the same way in that I've never really had any medical issues so I am freaking out a little.
Ok, i may be misinformed here, but its my understanding that hpv is like hrrpes/cold sores kinda. Definiteky does not need PIV sex to be transmitted and youve always git it, just dometimes active and sometimes not active...
And pretty much (stats i heard was 80%) of ppl have/get hpv. It is extremely prevelent, guys seem to be a silent carrier, and chicks are the ones who msinly get the consequences.
So basically, if u r feeling bad about having it, DONT. There is a reason that in aust at least, that the vaccine is free for women up to age 24-26, and they r pushing for vaccinations while at primary/early high school, its to get in before ANY SEXUAL CONTACT.
My sister had type 3 abnormal cells, had them lasered and a pap smear every 3 months thrn 6, its usually ok when its caught early... snd from the sounds of it, this is early for you.
(Sorry, typing on a touchpad does not work well with me)
I have! Don't freak out. I had an abnormal pap, had the colp, and now I have to have a pap every six months 'til they're clear for two years. So far so good and the two years are almost up! The colp is uncomfortable but not awful. The worst part is after, both waiting for the results and the weird goop that's going to come out of your bits in gross chunks.
yeah one time they said i had abnormal cells and would have to go back to get scraped. i caught a strain of hpv that causes cervical cancer and on a scale of 0-5, 5 being cancer and 0 being nothing I was a 1. they said not to worry, that chances are my body would fight it off and become immune/ go back to normal. it did go back to normal.
My most recent one was low-grade abnormal but I haven't had to do anything, they just told me to get retested in one year.
I know I'm late to post but I saw this and know how nailbiting it can be, I've gone through it. I had a pap that came back positive for ASCUS cells. I booked for a colposcopy, a few biopsies were taken and I came back positive for HPV (I had type 35 which is considered a higher risk type). I had pap smears and colposcopies every 6 months for 2 years until my final pap came back normal so I had a final colposcopy with biopsies for a DNA test to check for HPV — negative. To confirm the negative HPV result, I had another colposcopy with biopsies a month later and it was negative so I'm considered to no longer have HPV.
Frankly, I'm not sure how my body pulled that off. I'm not known to have a strong immune system, I smoke though I was trying to quit, and at that time I was on prednisone bursts pretty frequently which lowers the immune system further. That was from 2007 to 2009. I had a pap again in June that was still normal. I think I'll still be holding my breath for a while with each pap worrying that ASCUS cells or something more severe will show up even though I'm married and with one person who doesn't have HPV.
Also, like others have said, just because you've had an abnormal pap doesn't mean you have HPV. My mom has had abnormal paps and doesn't have HPV. She ends up having to go back for another and then it comes back normal.
Thanks for your response, everyone has helped calm my nerves and fears a little so that's good. What I gathered from the doctor was that they already tested my pap sample for HPV because she said that the results showed I had an HPV strain so I believe they do already know I have HPV but hopefully mine will be like yours and go away eventually.
I had an abnormal pap once. They redid it, and it was normal the second time. Not sure why.