February 19, 2009 10:33am CST
so i just got the call from my doctor that my last pap test came back with abnormal cells and now found out that i have hpv. i keep hearing in the news about this virus which causes cancer. the nurse said that is not always the case and i just have a few abnormal cells and it should be nothing big to worry about and sometimes goes away on it's own. has anyone ever had hpv? did it cause cancer? did it go away on it's own? besides the shot what can you to do to protect yourself?
• United States
19 Feb 09
Do research first. Doctors sometimes say its abnormal cells but thats not HPV. Abnormal cells can be some mild dysplasia. Which is nothing to worry about. They misdiagnosed me a couple of times. First they told me i had HPV. THen they suspected cervical cancer. Then the doctor sat down with me said i only have mild dysplasia which is not HPV and is nothing to worry about unless i wanted to get this procedure done. They do a procedure to look more closely at your cervix to make sure it doesn' have the potential to turn to cancer. My doctor said if its still there after a year he will perform the procedure. Mild dysplasia is just increase of cells that have a slight change to them. You can ask the doctor more about it. THey should answer your questions. But i will tell you they misdiagnosed me like that and had me all worked up. THey also misdiagnosed my sister the same way a year ago. So it happens. My friend though she did have HPV. She had it for a year then it cleared up on its on.
• United States
11 Mar 09
About three years ago I got that same phone call, so I started going to a specialist every six months. The first time I went he did a Coloscopy, which is much like a normal pap but the doctor uses a magnifying glass to see the cells better. This was a bit uncomfortable because i was in stirrups for much longer, but he didnt have to do a biopsy! The plan was to come back for three times in a row (and if the 2nd two times the pap was normal, i would be fine) He also told be that many times your body fights off the abnormal cells on there own. So, the second time I went, everything seemed fine (nothing had gotten worse or better). The third time we did another colopscopy which included the biopsy this time (that wasnt so pleseant) OK, long story I know. Anyways my body decided not to fight off the abnormal cells and they have progressed from abnormal HPV cells, to low-grade precancerous, to high-grade precancerous. My doctor recommeneded me to do the LEEP procedure, before they turn into cancer. I decided to try some herbal remmedies first (because I dont want to do the procedure if I dont have to) I wish I would have started these vitamins sooner, because then my body may have been strong enough to fight off the abnormal cells. My suggesstion (which a western doctor would never suggest) is to take a vitamin regiment everyday for the next year (hopefully your body will fight off the cells) This is what I have done: 3 Vitamin C (1000mg each) 3 Green tea complex (any kind that has polyphenols (the more the better))then one Vitamin e and A a day as well. Good luck, and if you have any other questions feel free to ask!
• United States
1 Mar 09
Over 95% of women in the world have HPV. There are over 30 different types if I'm not mistaken. Some are cancerous, some are nothing to worry about. They look at HPV as a STD, but as I said before over 95% of women have it. I have HPV and when they biopsy it, it's the cancerous type. I just had my daughter 6 weeks ago so in a couple of weeks I have to go to see if the growth progressed anymore. While I was pregnant the growth stopped, so I'm hoping it's stopped it all together. I wouldn't get your panties in a bunch just yet.