Hi. I'm 31 and was divorced a year ago after being married since 19. I have recently started dating a very nice man, we're in a strong, committed relationship and we've become sexually active. He's the only man I've been with since my ex-husband.
I went to my family doctor for a perscription of birth control for the first time in my adult life. (I had never needed it before because my ex had a vasectomy after he had kids with his first wife). Anyway, a routine pap was done and I'm ashamed to say, it had been years. But I was diagnosed with HPV. I don't have warts but I have abnormal/precancer cells on my cervix. Anyway, My family dr. sent me to another doctor for the culposcopy and they want me to have a LEEP.
Also, is the LEEP really necessary or is this just a "quick fix" money maker and I'm being herded through the medical path like a farm animal? Do I give the HPV a chance to go into remission on it's own? They said my cells are precancerous. Is that more advanced than regular "abnormal" cells or are pre-cancer cells basically "abnormal" cells? How do I evaluate my severity? What should I do and how do I know what the right decision is? How far is a reasonable time frame for testing my ability to make the HPV go away naturally? How likely are my cells to turn into cancer in the stage they're in now? If I find out additonal information about my diagnosis could you tell me about the severity/advancement of my specific cells? And most importantly, will it keep coming back from the partner I'm with since I know I've at least given it to him.... this is heart breaking. It sickning to even be in this situation.... can anyone help?
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