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What exactly is mild dysplasia?

By July 30, 2011 - 9:30pm
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Recently had a PAP in june, well I get a letter from my GYN in July!! that it was abnormal. So when I called my Gyn's office about 100 times, she finally says its mild dysplasia my worst nightmare and basically that's caused by HPV... just great. I found out in oct 2010 that I got hsv..when he took the condom off for a brief minute and inserted himself, i freaked out. But it was too late. 2wks later one tiny pimple showed up. But the weird thing is I had a PAP in 2011 which was normal, why didn't this show up then...I just don't understand. Now I have to worry about two problems. My life is over! and all my adult life i've tried to be so careful. Now what? I have to go to her office for a colposocpy??? I'm scared of that and what will that tell her?

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I was married for 11 years and had 4 children
A pap test showed I had abnormal cells and after testing was diagnosed diagnosed​ with moderate dysplasia. I've only been with my husband but had one other sexual partner for a short time appx 5 years before marriage. It was a first relationship for both my boyfriend and myself.
CA dysplasia be caused by anything other than an HPV? Could it be caused by leaving tampons in for a very long time on a regular basis? Why wouldn't it show up sooner? Like when I gave birth 4 times and had 1 miscarriage with a d and c?
I strongly believe My husband was NOT unfaithful and I was his first. The dysplasia didn't turn up until I was appx 32 years old
And if there could be other causes for dysplasia beside a sexually transmitted disease, why are they not written about? Drs do a disservice to patients when they assume it has to be caused by an HPV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

October 30, 2017 - 10:43pm

Thank you for your reply. I called my doctor's office to ask if I could be put to sleep or something for this. See I have panic attacks and I have a hard time with all of this. Just so worried about how much pain I will be in. And all the what if's....

August 2, 2011 - 7:27pm

I was diagnosed with HSV in October 2010 and then now all of a sudden HPV shows up and I guess that's why I had the abnormal pap. And now my doctor wants to do the colspscopy. So both :(
I was just coming to grips with HSV but now HPV. Unreal. All from a guy who was too eager. I won't go in to all the details but believe it or not there was a condom involved.

July 31, 2011 - 3:52pm
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I am sorry you are going through this! Honestly, your diagnosis of HPV should be expected, and I am surprised that your GYN did not tell you that you will most likely have HPV in your lifetime. And...it's not just you! More than 80% of sexually active women have HPV...really! It is that contagious, and for women diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease already, that statistic increases. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and it's great that it is caught early.

A colposcopy is a very common procedure, and one that many women experience. It is similar to a Pap Smear where a speculum is inserted into your vagina, however this instrument has a light and the exam takes a little longer (especially if a biopsy is taken, which is described as the feeling of a pinch). We have a lot of information about colposcopy procedures, and women discuss their experience (it's not as bad as you think!!).
- What is a colposcopy?
- Colposcopy: EmpowHER Encyclopedia

July 31, 2011 - 9:18pm

I'm confused by what you have actually been diagnosed with. You mentioned HPV (human papilloma virus), but also mentioned HSV (herpes simplex virus). Was one of these a mistype, or have you been diagnosed with both of these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs?).

I can send you some information about these, as well as what to expect with a colposcopy.

July 31, 2011 - 1:06pm

Thank you Missie,
As if having hsv isn't enough... I have been crying all morning, just feeling so low about all this. But your comment is helping. But I still don't understand why she wants to do this culposcopy,what is that suppose to tell her... I don't know. This is what is bothering. its like one day your healthy and the next.. wham! I just thought my life would be so different.

July 31, 2011 - 9:25am
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Hi shawnie,
Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHer. Please don’t feel like your life is over, HPV is very common and can even resolve itself over time in some cases. The term “mild” versus “moderate” or “severe” dysplasia is the amount of abnormal changes to your cells on your cervix. Mild by definition affects 25% of the thickness of the cells that cover your cervix. The term “moderate” affects 50% while “severe” effects pretty much all of your cells.

Mild dysplasia usually doesn’t need any treatment as sometimes it can spontaneously disappear over time, although it can take several years. Yearly follow up with your OBGYN would be essential to see if there are any changes. This certainly could explain why your 2011 pap test showed up normal. It is not exactly clear why dysplasia disappears but this could certainly be a good sign.

Of course, you should always have protected sex to protect yourself against STDs in the future. Most certainly, this doesn’t mean that you cannot have a fruitful and long-lasting relationship. Just keep following up with your doctor and keep yourself protected in the future. For more information, please visit our information page here https://www.empowher.com/search/google?cx=007544384767083790728%3A2otat3sg2a8&cof=FORID%3A9&query=HPV&form_build_id=form-8cef4a8c64c4f0d96ea28cdc272540e7&form_token=e821572a4abb8affa8d3e94248743112&form_id=google_cse_searchbox_form#851.

I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.


July 31, 2011 - 8:28am
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