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#1 of 5 Old 03-01-2010, 11:06 PM - Thread Starter
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my ob called me today and told me that my pap (which came back normal 5 months ago) has come back + for HPV... im sad, and anxious, as I dont know what to expect. Everyone says its such a common thing, but still, its still kind of scary...

anyone else dealing with this during pregnancy?

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I do. I've known about it for about 5 years. It can be dormant for a really long time (DH and I have been together for 12 years). I have 2 of the high risk strains. 6 mos before I got pregnant with DD I had cryosurgery where they freeze off the tip of your cervix to stop the cells from growing. I still had abnormal cells at the beginning of her pregnancy. My Dr. told me not to stress it and that she has seen lots of women NOT have the cells after a vaginal delivery.
I haven't had any abnormal cells since her birth (3.5 years)! I get a pap once a year and I kind of expect that some day I will have to deal with it again, but for now it doesn't bother me.

The statistics are baffling. Having unprotected sex once and your chance is something like 20% of picking up one of the strains. Do it a few more times with different partners and your chances skyrocket to 80% (I'm not quoting a source, I just remember reading something to that effect way back when).

There are probably many women who carry the strains but don't know it.

I just make sure to get checked for abnormal cells every year and play it by ear.

- HPV is totally manageable and cervical changes happen really slowly.

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I have HPV too. I was so scared when I found out and I just remember crying and crying. It really hasn't been that bad though. I have had abnormal cells off and on since I found out, about 4 years ago. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had a normal pap. Then when I went in for my 6 week check up after she was born I had abnormal cells. They did a colposcopy which turned out fine and I just had to go back 6 months later, which was in October, and my pap was normal again. It really is pretty common and in my opinion it is totally managable as long as you keep up with your paps. Don't worry, everything will be ok.

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Statistics say that 80% of us have HPV and only 90% of those of us who do, know about it. Get your annual pap and don't let it stress you.
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I was diagnosed with it 10 years ago (though the virus seems to have left my body, it doesn't show up anymore on std testing). I had the strain that causes cervical cancer and had dysplasia (basically "pre" cancer cells) and had a LEEP procedure done to remove the affected part of my cervix. It can cause cervical incompetence, but this is my 6th pregnancy and I haven't had any problems with that. I had to do paps every six months for a couple years but I'm down to once a year now since I haven't had a recurrence.

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