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I, too, have high risk HPV (diagnosed in September of 2003). In addition to what other posts have said about the pill, and from what I have read, the steriods in the birth control pill may stimulate production of HPV proteins (E6 and E7 proteins are thought to be behind HPV's cancer-causing potential). I got this info. from a book called "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About HPV and Abnormal Pap Smears".

In addition, I have also read that taking the pill can increase the rate at which cervical dysplasia develops into cancer. The reason behind this: the hormones in the pill enable HPV to cause cancer AND to poison our P53 gene. This gene usually ensures that genetically defective or cancerous cells do not multiply. I got this info. from a book called "Prescription for Herbal Healing".

Just to add on to this, my HPV was diagnosed in Sept. of 2003. Since then, I have gone to the doctors every 3 months for the routine PAP/COLPO/BIOPSIES. The HPV progressed each time, and in August of 2004, my OB/GYN suggested that I get a LEEP procedure b/c my diagnosis was now CIN I - CIN 11 (mild to moderate dysplasia). I was hesitant of such an invasive procedure and I declined. My OB/GYN said she'd give me 3 more months to put off the LEEP, but if it progressed at all, I'd have to get the LEEP. I, instead, sought treatment from a naturopathic physician and frantically tried to make a change in the next 3 months. After only 3 weeks of being on my new regimen, I had a 3-month follow up, and I was curious to see if this new regimen of only 3 weeks would have helped at all b/c my naturopathic doctor said it usually takes 3 months to see any improvement. So at this point, all I was hoping for was that it hadn't worsened or else I'd have to get the LEEP. Much to my surprise, my dysplasia had improved, and there was no need for the LEEP. That was such motivation to keep going. I am now a little over 3 months into the regimen, and I had another 3-month colpo/pap 2 weeks ago. There was NO need for any biopsy because the cells looked "the best they've ever looked", according to my OB/GYN. My ECC was "unremarkable" (normal), and I got my first NORMAL pap in over a year and a half. There is definitely something to alternative treatments (for me at least) AS LONG AS you are dedicated and committed to your health and to following the treatment AND making some lifestyle changes that will allow your body to heal (i.e. don't smoke, don't drink (as this lowers your immune system), drink caffeineated green tea, up your intake of greens such as broccoli (for indole 3-carbinole) and spinach, add ground flaxseed to your diet, and just overall eat lots of veggies and fruits, exercise). In addition, my naturopathic doctor told me to limit my sex to 1-2 times a week. I also went off of the birth control pill and took vaginal suppositories, in addition to a new multi-vitamin that the naturopathic doctor gave me, as well as some folic acid supplements and beta carotene drops. While everyone is different, I think that if you have mild dysplasia and have some time in between follow-ups, you may as well try and be proactive, instead of just waiting around for the dysplasia to worsen. I am glad I tried this because I was able to avoid the LEEP, at least for now, and I will continue with my healthy habits to hopefully keep this HPV at bay.
At my last visit, I asked my OB/GYN why she doesn't suggest that people try alternative treatments. Her answer was that these things aren't proven, and that very few people are driven like me to try and make any differrence in their health, so even though she could tell people to change their diets, habits, etc., most people won't follow her directions, so she can't rely on this for treatment, as her job is to keep me cancer free.

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