Leep Done, almost there

Well the LEEP is done.  It wasn’ as bad as I thouht.  The pain so far is only a bit unbearable.  Mostly i’s he crampin which is hard for me because I’m not bleeding, yet.  Lots of bed rest and plenty of lovin from my partner and our son is wha has otten me throuh the day.  More updaes later I promise.

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January 23, 2008. Tags: , , , . Doc Appointments, HPV, Love.

One Comment

  1. KD replied:

    Joianne…I found your website recently while searching “cervical dysplasia.” I had an abnormal pap back in June, and then a colposcopy. Because my dysplasia was only categorized as “mild,” my doctor decided that it would be best for me to wait six months and then have another pap to see if it cleared on its own. Went in for a pap last week and got the call today that it was normal! I have to go in for a pap in six months, and if that’s normal, then she said I can go back to having paps on an annual basis.

    In the meantime, I have taken many steps to improve my health and boost my immune system. Most are simple things like getting 7-8 hours a sleep each night, taking a multi-vitamin, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol consumption, and getting regular exercise. I read that folic acid supplements can help reverse dysplasia, and I have been taking those. I’ve also read that Indole-3 Carbinol, a substance found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage can also help and I was taking those capsules for a little while too, although the only way I’ve found to get them is through mail order. Experts say that eating lots of these types of vegetables can do the trick just as well as the supplements, if not better.

    I’ve also been researching HPV, cervical dysplasia, and cervical cancer like a mad woman! What astounds me is how common this is. My younger sister had cervical dysplasia with high-risk HPV ten years ago, had a LEEP, and her paps have been normal ever since. She also recently had the HPV DNA test done and it came back negative, which means a) the LEEP completely removed the infected cells or b) her immune system has fought the virus off to either non-existent or undetectable levels.

    Do you want to know something she found out though? Almost every single female friend (and some males) that she has told about her experiences have said that they have had to deal with it too, in some form or the other, whether the high-risk strains that cause abnormal cervical changes, or the low-risk strains that can cause warts. I have read several articles that quote CDC studies that estimate that by the age of 50, 80% of women will have had some strain of this virus, but many never develop the “physical” signs of it, so they never know they have it. I find that astounding, and certainly makes me feel better in some ways about what I have been through.

    Anyway, I am truly sorry that I have rambled so long, but I wanted you to know that you are not alone! I will be following your blog, and thinking only the best and most positive thoughts for you on your LEEP results. Take good care of yourself…it sounds like you have a wonderful family supporting you!

    Best wishes,
    Kristen

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