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Hi Kim,

I know your last post was meant for Michelle, but I thought I'd chime in with my two cents anyway. :)

You said in your last post, "it is frustrating to think that there are a lot of types of people out there and some of them just want to be told what they want to hear: which is that displaysia will go away on its own or that it is not going to turn into cancer or that they don't really need a LEEP or that they can cure it on their own. I think we really have to consider what our advise to might lead people to do, or NOT do, and what the consquences of that might be."

Yes, I think all of us on this board would love to hear that all types of dysplasia is no big deal and can go away on its own accord! But I'm not so sure I know of *anyone* (on this board and women I know personally) who is taking dysplasia lightly, regardless of the level of dysplasia. With that in mind, I think you know from my older posts that I'm doing a watch-and-wait rather than a LEEP option in conjunction with a health/supplement regimen. The body has a remarkable ability for self-healing and as I am young and healthy, I will give my body a few months to deal with my CIN I/II. Michelle and others have stated that in many cases, dysplasia can regress-- of course, the more advanced the dysplasia (CIN III), the less likely it will regress without treatment. This is not to say that women diagnosed with dysplasia should just chuck their results aside and continue their lives as usual-- of course not. But like I said, I think many women take it seriously and follow the steps necessary to combat the dysplasia. And you're right-- we are extremely fortunate to live in western nations where we have access to routine screenings.

However, you also said: "But in the US and other developed nations, today, if a woman has a LEEP and it comes back clear and she never had anything wrong, well, then, great! That woman can be sad that she was one of the few who ended up with an unecessary procedure, thrilled that she is healthy (how many of us would have given anything to have our LEEPS come back as clear and unecessary???) but be glad that she has the opportunity to particpate in a medical system that saves so many lives."

I personally would hate to be that woman who had a LEEP and it turned out to be completely unncessary. I do know it's a highly successful treatment with a low recurrence rate and risk of fertility complications-- BUT there it is! The LEEP and other treatments are not going to cure us 100%! Nor is there a 0% chance of adversely affecting our fertility! So yes, I'd be pretty upset if my doctor did a LEEP and it turned out to be benign-- there's still a chance I could get scar tissue that would hinder my chances of conceiving and there's a chance of cervical incompetence that could make me more likely to deliver pre-term. These percentages are small, yes, but there *is still a risk.*

I am grateful we have choices now whereas 60-70 years ago we would've all been in the dark about this. But I believe now that doctors are being much too aggressive with the LEEP as it's a quick, cheap and easy procedure for them to perform (compared to laser which carries less risks of cervical damage but is much more expensive). I'm not going to hastily have an invasive procedure performed on my cervix when I still have some time to see if my body will self-heal. And if that doesn't work, well then at least I'll have tried another alternative and feel confident enough to go ahead with a LEEP. But if I do a LEEP now, I think I'd always wonder if there weren't any other options beforehand. But that's just me! :)

I think the bottom line is that women should be informed and do their homework before blindly adhering to one doctor's advice. I think all of us on this board are all intelligent and informed women who know what's going on with our bodies and make our own decisions based on what we feel is right for us and taking into consideration other women's stories on this board. I think this HPV/dysplasia plight we all go through is also a great (if we can call HPV great in anyway!) way for us to keep close tabs on our health AND to really be proactive about our health. The only way we can truly speed up and aid the suppression of the virus is via a healthy lifestyle and diet, and I know this can only benefit us overall by amping up our immune systems. I appreciate your opinions Kim and I do hope that you start getting normal paps again soon! Ahhh, doesn't "normal pap" sound so nice? I'm sure that's all in store for us soon! Take care ladies.

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