I’m 27. I had my first smear at the end of 2019 and it came back stating I had one of the high risk strains of HPV but no abnormal cells were found. I was asked to come back for another smear in 12 months.
I had the second smear earlier this year. It came back stating that I still had HPV and that this time, abnormal cells (CIN 1) had been found. A colposcopy was arranged.
When I had the colposcopy in June, a biopsy was taken. When I received those results, they came back saying I had CIN 1/2 and the LEEP procedure was recommended.
I am now awaiting an appointment for the LEEP procedure. I have lots of questions and haven’t felt that I’ve had any opportunity to speak to any medical professionals about them (I felt hurried through my colposcopy which was quite upsetting and I had lots I wanted to ask!).
If anyone can offer any insight/thoughts about the below, I’d be really grateful:
I’m really worried about the impact of the LEEP procedure on any future pregnancies (I haven’t had any children yet). Is it reasonable to be worried about this?
I’ve read that there are some alternative treatments to the LEEP procedure (involving freezing, lasering etc). I’m unsure if they pose less risk to pregnancy and whether the NHS offer them?
Is it unreasonable that part of me wants to see if my body simply clears the virus and the cells? I wouldn’t be saying this if I had CIN 3 but I’ve read that CIN 1 / CIN 2 can often regress and I’ve been doing things like eating better and taking supplements like AHCC in an attempt to improve my immune system etc.
Thank you for reading. Any thoughts would be welcome! X