I’m 28 and I just had my first colposcopy this past week. I scheduled the colposcopy as soon as I could after finding out that high risk HPV dna was found on my routine pap smear. I had a horrible first experience. The nurse practitioner was really rude and wouldn’t answer most of my questions and when she did the answers were curt, snippy, and also incorrect. She told me I had tested positive for HPV 16 and 18. (I did not find out till later that this was incorrect.) I ended up leaving crying and stressing that I was going to end up loosing my uterus in a year and never be able to have kids. She also insisted on having an “assistant” with her to “help” her with the procedure…is this standard practice? I am wondering if this was a student observer. I guess I should be grateful I could get this done at all on university insurance at a state school.
Anyway, I got the DNA typing from the biopsies and I do not have HPV 16, 18 or 45 so this lessened the stress a bit, although I do not know which/how many of the high risk types I do have. I do have CIN 1 that may or may not resolve on its own in the next couple years. It is really the not knowing what is going to happen next that gets to me the most. Its like O.K., now I know I have abnormal cells in my cervix that may completely alter my life and the nurse practitioner is just like “get a new pap next year”.
Maybe its because I am still leaking vinegar and iodine but I am having a real hard time forgetting about this till next year. I feel like I should be more proactive. I am really grateful for this site… everyone seems so supportive and kind, and It is really calming to hear first hand accounts so that I can have some idea of what my future holds…although I am wondering what % of cases CIN 1 goes away on its own???