I was previously a frequent user of the Forum back in 2010/11 and have always kept an eye on things since but now find myself posting again.
A quick history - in 2009 i had a routine smear (not my first - and all previous smears had been fine) which showed 'mild dyskaryosis'. I was told to return for a further smear in six minths as many cases of this improve by themselves without treatment. Unfortunately this wasn't the case for me and i was told at my 6 month follow up that the changes were now severe and sent to colposcopy. Colposcopy found CIN3 for which i was given Lletz treatment and told to return again for a 6 month follow up after this treatment. The doctor at colposcopy expressed concern that my cell changes had seemingly 'progressed so quickly' in those 6 months.
Thankfully, I recovered quite quickly/well from my Lletz treatment, the 6 month follow up and two subsequent annual smears thereafter were all clear of any abnormalities too - happy days.
I fell pregnant with my first baby in 2013 and had some cervical issues/bleeding towards the end of that pregnancy which led to me being administered with steroid shots to help mature the baby's lungs in the event thta it arrived prematurely (that never actually transpired but the shots were given anyway as a precaution). Whether or not this was related to my Lletz treatment noone seemed able to say.
I had my first 'regular' three year spaced smear in Summer 2016 and all was clear once more. In late 2016 i fell pregnant with my second baby - no cervix related issues this time around, all good.
Since the birth of my second child in September 2017 i came off the pill and have never been back on it. My periods were delayed in returning as i breastfed for 6 months but when they did return they seem to be alot heavier and alot more painful than ever before - i regularly pass clots and bleed through a good 2-3 layers at time (so sorry if TMI).
In June 2019 i was called for another regular 3 yearly smear. I received a letter from that recently to say that whilst no cell abnormalities were found i was HPV positive and should be recalled for smear again next year as a result. I have so many questions/concerns around this.
1) does the fact i've tested HPV positive mean this is for the 'high risk strain' - ive seen those stating what strain of the virus they have but how do you know this information - is it only from further testing or does the fact its been picked up via a swab of your cervix mean that its automatically the high risk type?
2) given the comments around how quickly my case progressed last time (from the medical professionals) i'm terrified now about beign left for another year - 6 months would seem more bearable given that's the time period i was checked over in before
3) How likely is it given my history and ongoing period problems that this will clear up or is that impossible to say?
4) Given i've already had what i believe to have been a fairly large area of cells removed under Lletz previously are my options going to be limited if this progresses again?
Sorry for the long post and if anything seems like a stupid question but these are the things that have been floating around my mind for many a night now. I've told only my husband of this so far and he is very upbeat about it all saying that many people have the virus and all will be fine but i can't help thinking of all the worse case scenarios at the moment.