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Questions on LEEP and HPV

By August 3, 2010 - 9:41pm
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I just found out today after a colposcopy 2 weeks ago that I have CIN2 precancerous cells from HPV. I am going in to have a LEEP procedure in a couple of weeks but am having so many questions until then. I have been with my fiance for 4 years and am wondering if I am going to have HPV forver and he more than likely has it, do we have to have protected sex forever then. Are we just going to keep giving it back and forth to eachother and I will have to go through this horrible situation all over again. I am 25 should I still get the Gardisil vaccine even if I already have the canerous type of HPV? I read in someone elses blog on here about how oral contraceptives increase your risk of cancerous cells so what other birth control options do I have then... I have been on Ortho Ti Cylen for 7 years now. If we have oral sex can I can dysplasia cells in my mouth or throat? I am sorry if I am asking to many questions and I will ask my personal doctor I am just worried and can't stop thinking at the moment. Thank you so much for your help and your website!

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I am not sure whose website you are referring to because I also have my own website while writing for Empowher. I am the author of Any Mother's Daughter - One Woman's Lifelong Struggle with HPV which is endorsed by Harald zur Hausen, MD who discovered that HPV was responsible for cervical cancer. He also received the Nobel Prize in medicine for this discovery. He has written the foreword for my book as well and recommends it not only for patients but practicing physicians as well.
The site is : thehpvsupportnetwork.org
I am considered an expert in HPV and am also giving the first ever patient presentation at this years International Papillomavirus Conference in Berlin Germany. I am an RN and have dealt with HPV for 25 years surviving two invasive cancers and HPV involvement of the cervix, vagina, vulva and anus. Had this question been directed to me I would have answered much sooner. I stumbled upon this quite by accident. You can get information on LEEP on my site as well as other procedures. These can be accessed from the home page.
Unfortunately it seems that you have been given or read some incorrect information. HPV is not passed back and forth like a ping pong ball. Since you never get rid of it (it only goes dormant and can recur at any later point in time) passing it back and forth doesn't happen as once you've transmitted it to your partner or visa versa you will both have the same stranis for life. Use of OC has been shown to be somewhat of a risk factor but that's in women who have used them for over ten years and even then it is not a significant risk risk factor. Yes you can get HPV in the mouth from oral sex, so can yor partner. Recent research has shown a significant increase in oral HPV cancers in men and if this continues at the current rate, the cases of oral cancer in men will exceed the cases or cervical cancer in women. A better job needs to be done in educating men regarding not only their risk from the virus but also their responsibility in transmission and in getting vaccinated. Unless you have single genotype tests run for both 16 and 18 and they come back positive then the vaccine will be of no use to you unless you are concerned about or want protection against gential warts. If your doctor runs the 16/18 combination probe, a positive test could mean you have both or just one so the vaccine is still advisable to protect against one you may not tyet have. In the future, please write me directly so I can answer your question in a more timely manner.

September 9, 2011 - 6:26pm

Hi Cassie

It's totally understandable to have anxiety and questions, and you are right to ask your doctor about them.

We have several threads on HPV here on the site that may help answer your questions: http://www.empowher.com/providers/article/all-about-hpv, http://www.empowher.com/sexual-well-being/content/hpv-basics. Another great source of information is the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm.

I have personally had the LEEP procedure. You didn't ask about it specifically, but I want to reassure you that it is not at all bad, and the recovery is not bad either. I felt a little weird for a couple of days but went right back to work 2 days after. There is a discharge for a little while which looks kind of ashy.

If you have further questions or concerns after you read the links, please let us know. Thank you for writing, and good luck to you.

August 4, 2010 - 7:08pm
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Can you please tell me what a LEEP procedure is?

September 9, 2011 - 3:07pm
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