4 years ago I had my first smear at the age of 21 which came back normal. My doctor gave me the smear because I had paid for a HPV test at a private clinic which came back positive. 6 months later due to knowing I had HPV I was allowed another smear which came back with borderline changes. I then had 2 further smears 6 months apart, all borderline changes and positive HPV infection. However, I was never referred to for a colposcopy. Then about 2 years ago I had a normal smear again after the 3 consecutive borderline smears. I was told to come back again 6 months later but ended up not doing I guess due to feeling pleased and complacent from the normal smear.
Well this month I had another smear and it's come back borderline with HPV infection and finally a referral for a colposcopy. OK so now I'm scared. I have been with my partner 3 years. I know from when I got tested for HPV I must have contracted it within 5-7 years ago. Therefore I feel like I am obviously at huge risk of cervical cancer because my infection is persistent and hasn't cleared within the 2 years so often cited. I'm scared after all these borderline smears that I am going to find out from my colposcopy that I have CIN3. I am only 25 I want to have kids in the future. I don't want any aggressive treatment that may jeopodise this :-( would really appreciate hearing from some women who have gone through all this process.
I would also like to know how many women here go through these treatments and then have a repeat smear and it's STILL abnormal? They say treatment is nearly 100% success rate yet I seem to read countless stories on here about women having to return for repeat procedures.