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SONICB Posts: 4,262
6/1/13 7:10 P

I was advised to get a pap every three years and got the HPV vaccine in the 3-dose series.

GYPSYROVER Posts: 3,240
5/31/13 11:50 P

I never miss my annual pap test. As long as they are willing to test me, I will have it done. In fact I would worry if I didn't have the test. There is too much cancer in my family, and I WAS a smoker for many years. "It is a moment's discomfort for a year's peace of mind" as a family physician used to remind me emoticon

VELVETMERLIN Posts: 229
5/31/13 10:43 P

I don't even bother (please don't slam me for this either, like telling me that I really should, etc). Everyone is different. I come from a totally different mindset than 99.9% of the population-it has nothing to do with faith or 'natural' anything. I'm not going to explain myself but the short answer is 'No, I don't get them done and no, I don't want them'. I practically had a fight with the nurse the last time I had a check-up. It's my body and no-one can make me.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (216,820)
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5/31/13 5:56 P

Yes, every other year, but I do visit my gynecologist yearly.

PHDMAMA06 SparkPoints: (67,216)
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5/31/13 5:26 P

Yep, my doctor has recently gone to the every 3 years for routine paps, but I have had two abnormal ones in a row (second one followed up by a colposcopy, which revealed nothing concerning), so I'm having them every year for now.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
5/31/13 2:50 P

@Rosagra
I use to be a medical assistant at a OB- GYN I was never told that you get HPV or can avoid it by your diet. I was told by a very prestigious doctor that I worked for that you can contract it by sexual relations. You have to think that for every person you sleep with your actually sleeping with 5 that's how he'd explain it to the patients cause you never know how many that person slept with and the one before them.
Human Papiloma Virus means warts and there are numbers given to these warts they can be microscopic and are on the cervix. I was told that a lot of European doctors do Colps instead of a pap smear because it's more accurate, but seems like a lot say they get paps and ultrasounds which I never heard of getting a ultrasound unless you had distinct problems, but I guess anything is possible in other countries.
It was good that you followed up with you doctor and had the leep your cervix is like a hot dog and when you get a Leep done it's like they take the core out (how it was explained to me). That leep should of taken care of it, not a new diet I've never heard of that.
When I was a medical assistant I had a book which we'd all call our bible which had the names of patients that had had suspicious paps and I'd have to care more about these patients health then they did themselves because I'd have to make sure they'd follow up and a lot didn't care too.
You had a stage 3 which I'm glad to hear your fine from it can be very scary, sometimes at lower stages you can get cryo to freeze off the hpv cells.
I was fortunate to see what they look like during a few Colposcopy's with the physician and with the permission of the patient they look mosaic, during the Colp which a lot of people are afraid of (which if you need to get one don't hesitate it's nothing really and could save your life) they put regular vinegar on the cervix what they are looking for is anything that turns white (vinegar is an acid) now you can have cells that turn white and then what they'll do is take a biopsy, just because something turns white doesn't always mean it's bad. But they have to be sure to have it biopsied.
You can also get Condyloma from hpv which I have seen that it can look like Cauliflower down in the genital area, or can just look like warts. These are all sexually transmitted even if you have one partner you can get it if he's carrying the virus and he may not even show signs of it because again most are microscopic. Usually we'd hear if a woman only had one partner and she went back to that guy and said hey you gave me HPV he'd say not me I don't have anything , but really it's microscopic and he might not even know he has it.
I've never heard anything about a diet changing a diagnosis, your Leep is what got rid of the cancer. People who stay with the same partner for years are usually at a lower risk, because if your paps have been coming back fine still with the same partner puts you at a lower risk.
Everyone has some of the numbers but there are only a few that can cause the cervical cancer, I'm glad you caught yours on time.........
There is a test that you can ask for when you go to the doctor just for HPV, not a lot of people realize this that's why I'm throwing this out there.
I was also told that only a person that is a virgin and was born C section is totally free of HPV , we all have certain numbers most are benign, it's the few that have the cancer with them.
Also know that just because you have a suspicious pap doesn't mean you have anything wrong , if the pathologist even sees a shadow of some sort he'll call it suspicious so that the patient needs to have it done over (better safe then sorry) so a lot of suspicious ones end up being over reading by the pathologist to save them from a lawsuit (as there was a lab around me that wasn't that cautious and a few people did have cervical cancer so after that they were very strict with any little thing they saw and had patient return).
Don't be afraid if you get a call to return for a pap, most times it's nothing but you always have to go back to get it redone just in case you are one of the few that really does have something going on.

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5/31/13 9:39 A

I have never had an ultrasound unless it was to check for a specific suspected problem or I was pregnant. I get PAP smears every three years now because I am low risk. I do get an annual exam, though.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
5/31/13 7:05 A

Hmm... I live in Europe and we do Pap smears every year. Europe is made up of a lot of countries with a lot of different policies. My annual gynecological exam is an ultrasound and a Pap smear, which I think is normal in the US too.

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5/31/13 6:45 A

Had my physical yesterday Dr said if you test negative for HPV then you only need the PAP smear once every 5 years. Lost my mother to cervical cancer as well.

ROSEAGRA Posts: 34
5/31/13 6:41 A

Hey Fenwaygirl, I'm just wondering about the whole HVP 'causing' cervical cancer - from what I've read (and correct me if I'm wrong) but it's seen as one, and probably a main cause. There are other causes, other medical conditions that can lead to it and life style can be a contributing factor. Plus, it would seem to my understanding, that they're still learning a lot of the pathology of this disease.

I had an irregular smear last summer, had a lletz (also know has leep) in January, the cell irregularities were CIN3. All scary enough due to the fact that I lost my Mum to cervical cancer at a very young age but I'm glad to be dealing with it rather than sticking my head in the sand.

One thing to note was I managed to reduce the level of dysplasia in the cells in only a month of eating well and reducing sugar from my diet and lots of green tea. I've been wondering how much of a change I could have made if I really went for it and cleaned up my diet for a few months. I'm back in for a check up early July.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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5/31/13 6:40 A

Same with us in Canada, pap smears are done every 3 years now versus annually. I was surprised as I hadn't heard anything about it until I went for my Annual Physical.

DUBLINROSE Posts: 2,059
5/31/13 4:58 A

I live in Europe and we get smears every three years if we are low risk and there are more detailed tests if you have a high risk. I have to say its pretty good the way we are looked after here, its all free for women over 25, we don't have to pay a penny and the results come through quickly enough. We're trying to get it reduced so all women over 18 can have them free of charge, right now if you are under 25 you have to pay.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (238,946)
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5/31/13 2:04 A

I need to schedule my yearly PAP.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
5/30/13 11:47 P

do you get yearly Pap smears? do you know that it takes about 5 yrs for cervical cancer to develop and that it's caused by the HPV virus. Did you know that in Europe they don't even do Pap smears they do a Colposcopy which is actually better then the paps that they do here and if you have a pap here and it looks suspicious they automatically do a Colp.
A pap might seem embarrassing but it's a matter of life and death so make sure you get one every year....

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