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Question:Has anyone been diagnosed w/HPV or dysplasia?

I just got this diagnosis this week , had a colposcopy, need to have a LEEP, and am scared to death! What can I expect?
I'm hearing that this does not in any way mean cancer for sure, but it's scary!

Asked by Anonymous on 7/16/08 7 Answers»
crossbow517

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I have been checking to see if you gave an update. Glad to hear things went well. Hope the results are encouraging. Remember to keep up on your yearly GYN appointments- this may resurface later in life- HPV isn't curable, but, it can become dormant. Again, good luck.

Answered by: crossbow517 on 9/17/08
Anonymous

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I'm the original question asker. Just had the LEEP last week,and it was surprisingly painless! Maybe my GYN is just good at numbing. Will get results next week. Thanks for all your helpful thoughts!

Answered by: Anonymous on 9/5/08
crossbow517

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I had several colposcopies done before I had my outpatient laser procedure to char off the top layers of tissue on my cervix due to HPV. I have had a number of colposcopies done since that have never lead to another LEEP. If you continue to get your PAPs done the Dr will be able to keep up with any negative diagnoses or at least catch any in it's early stages. Believe it or not I do not find these procedures uncomfortable- I had a good idea of what to expect beforehand so I was relaxed. Good luck... and let us know how it went.

Answered by: crossbow517 on 8/8/08
peprmntpatty1971

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I had a LEEP procedure done almost 10 years ago. I don't know if they have improved them since I had one done. But I never want to have one done again. Either the doctor didn't wait for the numbing medicine to take effect or it was a bad batch, I don't know but I felt everything and it was excruitating. I would rather have 20 children at the same time natural than go through that procedure again.

Answered by: peprmntpatty1971 on 8/8/08
ADMunn

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My daughter was only 18 when she was diagnosed with dysplasia r/t endometriosis. She also elected to have the LEEP procedure. Thank God she did because the patho report revealed that some of the cells had already changed more in just the 2 weeks between the recommendation and the procedure. That was 10 years ago, and she is the proud mother of a beautiful 3 year old little girl and expecting another in October. The LEEP did cause some thinning of her cervix which meant that she needed to be watched more closely during pregnancy, but if she had not had the procedure, she might have developed cancer and even not be alive now. I am a nurse with my Masters, and have done lots of research before I allowed my daughter to have the procedure. I am still glad she had it.

Answered by: ADMunn on 8/8/08
Anonymous

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I'm the one who asked the original question-I just found out that the lab test indicates a CIN1 level, which is the lowest. Still going for the LEEP, on advice of doctor, and trying to relax. Thanks for all your answers- it's great to be in this community!

Answered by: Anonymous on 7/17/08
aqua222

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I had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1998 due to having the strains of hpv that are responsible for cerv cancer. I also had a leep excision.Basically what that is is a shaving off of the outer tissue layer of the cervix to remove the unwanted cells and also to be biopsed.I had mine done in an outpatient procedure in the hospital.What you can expect after the procedure is cramps, vaginal bleeding and a hot uncomfortable sensation of your cervix which all go away in about 5-6 days.I ended up having a hysterectomy after that,but I knew from the get go I had cancer.Make sure you get a pap test every 6 months.Take tylenol or pres meds for pain after leep.Good luck!

Answered by: aqua222 on 7/17/08
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