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My story seems a bit different than most. It started last December during an exam/PAP. My DR did not like the "feel" of my cervix and wanted me to see a specialist. PAP came back negative, the colop the specialist did came back negative, and although they wanted to do the LEEP I declined and asked that we take a wait and see after doing an U/S, CA125, and PAPs every 3-4 months.

A little back history, I had a cerclage 25+ years ago when pregnant with my son and knew that the "bumps" my doc felt had been there for years. I always thought it was scar tissue. Fast forward to November 2010, I noticed a difference in my cervix (size and number of bumps) and although I continued to have negative PAPs the last year I decided to discuss with the specialist having the LEEP.

Went in last week and the specialist did a PAP and it has come back positive for HPV; not a big surprise after reading here but why hasn't it shown up before? This is my FIRST abnormal PAP.... EVER.

I have always had "female" issues but nothing anyone has been concerned about.... UNTIL NOW. I could share a long history of ectopic pregnancies, cysts that dissolved, and pelvic inflammatory disease with no know cause (or I guess the cause would be HPV now that I have tested positive). I always went to the DR and did regular exams and now that I am pushing 50 it appears that there might be a REAL problem that from what I have read many of my "issues" have been RED flags.

At this point I'm hanging on to the fact that to date ALL my test have been negative/normal.... so, why worry???? Easier said than done.... just really need support and a place to share. I am not a worrier; however, THIS has me freaked out.... you know that "gut feeling"?

Would love to hear your thoughts and more than willing to share more information if needed.
[QUOTE=DesertCAT;4645049]My story seems a bit different than most. It started last December during an exam/PAP. My DR did not like the "feel" of my cervix and wanted me to see a specialist. PAP came back negative, the colop the specialist did came back negative, and although they wanted to do the LEEP I declined and asked that we take a wait and see after doing an U/S, CA125, and PAPs every 3-4 months.

A little back history, I had a cerclage 25+ years ago when pregnant with my son and knew that the "bumps" my doc felt had been there for years. I always thought it was scar tissue. Fast forward to November 2010, I noticed a difference in my cervix (size and number of bumps) and although I continued to have negative PAPs the last year I decided to discuss with the specialist having the LEEP.

Went in last week and the specialist did a PAP and it has come back positive for HPV; not a big surprise after reading here but why hasn't it shown up before? This is my FIRST abnormal PAP.... EVER.

I have always had "female" issues but nothing anyone has been concerned about.... UNTIL NOW. I could share a long history of ectopic pregnancies, cysts that dissolved, and pelvic inflammatory disease with no know cause (or I guess the cause would be HPV now that I have tested positive). I always went to the DR and did regular exams and now that I am pushing 50 it appears that there might be a REAL problem that from what I have read many of my "issues" have been RED flags.

At this point I'm hanging on to the fact that to date ALL my test have been negative/normal.... so, why worry???? Easier said than done.... just really need support and a place to share. I am not a worrier; however, THIS has me freaked out.... you know that "gut feeling"?

Would love to hear your thoughts and more than willing to share more information if needed.[/QUOTE]


I'm very sorry. :(
It sounds like you're maintaining a positive attitude, but still, this must be worrying.
Who needs this stress, right before the holidays (or, let's face it, [I]anytime[/I])?

I have heard that the hpv virus can lie dormant in your body for years, without causing symptoms/ abnormal PAPs; still, you'd think previous hpv tests would've detected it, if it was there. It's pretty standard these days for doctors to give women over 35 annual hpv tests along with their PAPs.
I'm not sure hpv can cause pelvic inflammatory disease; I had that once, but it was from chlamydia.

Good luck. Let us know how it all turns out.
And try not to worry too much, until you get more information.





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