|View Poll Results: Have you had HPV?|
|Yes, and I also know at least one person who does/did||136||26.05%|
|No, but I know at least one person who does/did||127||24.33%|
|Voters: 522. You may not vote on this poll|
Before I begin my story, let me just say that I am NOT pro-vax. I just seems that there are a lot of people here saying that getting HPV is no big deal. I understand that the vast majority of the women who get HPV will not have the problems that I have had, but I think that, to be fair, people should know stories like mine, too.
I was date-raped in college in 1987. I contracted both HPV and genital herpes. I showed symptoms of herpes first, and was devastated. But a couple of months afterwards, I started noticing small bumps on my labia. I went back to the doc, and lo and behold, I was diagnosed with HPV.
Over the course of the next few years, I battled constantly with HPV. I had too many colposcopies and biopsies to count. I had dozens of individual warts removed from my vagina, labia, lower stomach and thighs. I had full cervical cryo twice. I continued to have abnormal pap tests for almost 8 years.
I haven't continued to have symptoms since the mid 90s, but I continue to have 4 paps a year. My son was delivered via c-section after my poor, scarred cervix refused to budge past 6 cms.
I'll tell you.... I still have semi-regular herpes outbreaks and will probably continue to have them all my life. But herpes is a walk in the park compared to what I went through with HPV.
I don't have a daughter, so I'm not faced with the vaccine dilemma. I'm not sure what I'd do, to be truthful. A hell of a lot of reading and soul-searching, I guess.
However, I am mentally shot thanks to this experience. I used to go in for my yearly appointments and enjoyed seeing my regular nurse-midwife. When I got the "bad" Pap, she had to refer me to her back-up doc, who has the personality of a box of hammers. No one explained anything the day I went for the colposcopy, including the fact that they do a biopsy with NO anesthesia (and he just did it - did not even warn me). I thought they were just having a look with the colposcope. I have to have a Pap soon as I'm now postpartum. I dread it. I cannot go through another colposcopy and biopsy - I swear someone will have to knock me out and drag me in for it. I'd rather have 26 IVs started simultaneously in all extremities than go through that again......
Originally Posted by Beachlivnmom
I only had mild dysplasia. I was taking supplements. High amounts of Green Tea, Indole-3-Carbinol, and CoQ10. I have stopped now because I am pregnant. I don't know yet if it has worked. There is a good article on HPV on alternative medicine magazine website. Thats were I got the info on the supplements. It said to cut dairy and eat a precatarian diet.
Jen Mama of 2 precious boys (9) (6) and still in with my Matt after 12 years together.
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Originally Posted by LoveChild421
I've also known of mamas here on MDC who have had an abnormal pap before pregnancy and then when they had a pap after giving birth it was completely normal- someone even had a link to some research that shows that pregnancy has a beneficial effect on cervical dysplasia. You might want to try searching the Birth and Beyond forum.
that-shows-up-once-a-year-on-my-face-looking-like-leprosy counts ... then yes.
When I was pregnant I went to my OB and she did a pap, the results came back abnormal and that I had been exposed to HPV. She told me it was imperative that I get a colposcopy right away. Thankfully I had enough common sense to not get a piece of my cervix snipped off in the first trimester (following a miscarriage I might add), so much to my OB's chagrin I decided to wait until after I gave birth for that. I did have her look at my cervix, just not cut anything. She said there were definitely lesions but after researching it I knew there was a good possibility they would clear up on their own. So at my six week postpartum check-up, I had the biopsy. Guess what - it cleared up completely on its own and my following pap was normal too.
Most people who are not virgins have had HPV. They might not know about it, because it usually clears up on its own. I don't think I've ever been specifically tested for HPV, but during pregnancy I had an abnormal pap smear, which I think is caused by HPV. (Also, abnormal pap smears are very common during pregnancy). My next pap smear after that, everything was back to normal.
I don't think these poll results are accurate. I don't think that many people (on a mothering site, thus not virgins), have never had HPV.