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ahhh leep procedure! help!

By November 10, 2010 - 9:38am
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So a few weeks ago, I was told I had an abnormal pap smear. So I went in and did a colposcopy and biopsy as well as another pap smear. Well I just got my results and my doctor had told me they didn't find anything in the biopsy. She also said I have hpv low, but there wasn't any evidence that showed that I did not have hpv high.. so they would need to a leep procedure? What does this mean?! And what are the chances of abnormal cells returning after the leep procedure. I'm so worried, I just want to get this procedure done with and hopefully never deal with it ever again. And what could I do to prevent abnormal cells from returning. If anyone has any advice or insight to this I would greatly appreciate it!


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Hi stephhp09,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. HPV is the most common STD, and a virus that never completely goes away. It can go dormant on its own, but you always have the possibility to develop abnormal cells, especially if your partner has HPV and keeps triggering it in you. The best bet for prohibiting having to deal with it in the future is to keep up to date on all your gynecological exams, and/or use condoms. I also am unsure what the doctor may have meant when they said "there wasn't any evidence that showed that I did not have hpv high"--I would be inclined to ask for clarification, or get a second opinion from a different doctor.
If you are ever uncomfortable with what your doctor is telling you, or you don't completely understand, ask them, or don't hesitate to search out a new doctor that you are more comfortable with.
I personally have had cervical dysplasia, and all the procedures done that you mention. All were not incredibly painful, and only required taking 1/2 a day off work. In my own case, I have not had another "bad pap" since early 2005, after having three with abnormal cells over the course of a few years.
Here is an article about Cervical Dysplasia that may help explain things:
Cervical Dysplasia
There also is some good information in the following ASKs:
Cervical Dysplasia and HPV ASKs
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

November 10, 2010 - 1:12pm
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