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Re: Scared.
Jul 22, 2010
I've never heard of delivery destroying dysplasia, but I have heard that many women get dysplasia during pregnancy and then it resolves itself after they deliver. I think most doctors believe that this is because pregnancy depresses your immune system and also because the baby puts a lot of pressure on your cervix and the cells can change and look more abnormal than they actually all. After you have the baby, things often go back to normal.

I think the nurse was right in your case. You do not need to worry. The doctor will look at your cervix during the colposcopy. He would find cancer if you had it, but that is an unlikely possibility. What he's really looking for is to see how far the abnormalities have progressed. If they are mild (low grade), he most likely won't recommend treatment at all because somethink like 90% of low grade abnormalities eventually go away on their own without treatment. If it's high grade, there is about a 10% chance of it becoming invasive IF you don't get treatment.

So if it's high grade, the doctor will most likely recommend a LEEP to remove the abnormality. The LEEP is very effective at preventing cancer and the abnormalities usually do not return after the LEEP. (The LEEP is like 95% effective if the doctor removes the entire lesion.)

I know it's hard, but relax!
Re: Scared.
Jul 22, 2010
[QUOTE=LilyL21;4292172]I've never heard of delivery destroying dysplasia, but I have heard that many women get dysplasia during pregnancy and then it resolves itself after they deliver. I think most doctors believe that this is because pregnancy depresses your immune system and also because the baby puts a lot of pressure on your cervix and the cells can change and look more abnormal than they actually all. After you have the baby, things often go back to normal.

I think the nurse was right in your case. You do not need to worry. The doctor will look at your cervix during the colposcopy. He would find cancer if you had it, but that is an unlikely possibility. What he's really looking for is to see how far the abnormalities have progressed. If they are mild (low grade), he most likely won't recommend treatment at all because somethink like 90% of low grade abnormalities eventually go away on their own without treatment. If it's high grade, there is about a 10% chance of it becoming invasive IF you don't get treatment.

So if it's high grade, the doctor will most likely recommend a LEEP to remove the abnormality. The LEEP is very effective at preventing cancer and the abnormalities usually do not return after the LEEP. (The LEEP is like 95% effective if the doctor removes the entire lesion.)

I know it's hard, but relax![/QUOTE]


Oh thank you SO much for replying! That makes me feel tons better!

Heather





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