Today I got my smear tests results back. It mentioned HPV (used some big terminology). It says I’ll be called back in 12 months for another smear test however in the mean time any unusual discharge or bleeding after sex zi need to phone the doctor.
I read online the body can sort of cure itself? Is there anything I can do?
I’m so worried. I don’t really understand what this means or what to do. How serious potentially is this? The thought of waiting a year…
Logic tells me if it was extremely serious they would have asked to see me again?
It depends on what your results were. If it said “low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion” “low grade cell changes” “borderline cell changes” “CIN 1” “LSIL” or “mild dysplasia” or if it’s just HPV with no cell changes or abnormal cells then that would explain why they are waiting a year for your next smear. Sometimes they’ll even wait if it’s “CIN 2”. This is because HPV alone is not too much cause for concern and low grade cell changes tend to regress on their own or take a long time to progress to become more severe. Higher grade abnormalities should be dealt with however because they tend to progress (toward cervical cancer) instead of regress. These abnormal cells are usually removed with a LLETZ (LEEP) or CKC (cold knife cone procedure). I don’t think your doctor would leave you with severely abnormal cells for a year so that should be comforting for you that they aren’t worried about it for the time being.
As far as what you can do to help your body, you can exercise, eat a healthy diet, avoid hormonal birth control, don’t smoke or drink alcohol, use condoms during sex, and there are some supplements you can take which might help clear the HPV such as AHCC, vitamin D, and there are some other HPV supplements, you’ll have to do some research.
Please don’t worry yourself to death. Most people get some strain of HPV during their lifetime and their body kind of makes it go dormant so it doesn’t effect them. Your immune system might just need a little extra help to get it under control. Some people have an abnormal pap and then go on to never have an abnormal one again. Hang in there sister.