I have been diagnosed with hpv. I have had numerous biopsies, a conization, etc. At the present, we are waiting for the next 6 month exam to decide if I need to have a hysterectomy. This has been going on for a few years. I am sick to death of all the tests and frankly cannot continue to pay for them. I have about decided it is too expensive to maintain the female parts. My doc has told me that hysterectomy is not a cure for hpv. I really don`t want to have a hysterectomy, but I am so tired of all the tests and biopsies. I was also diagnosed with adenmyosis years ago. I think iIam finally through with menopause, so the pain has gone, but I really don`t know what I am up against with all this. I have had such good health all my life that I just don`t know how to deal with this.
Maater, Were you diagnosed with cervical cancer? I know that hysterectomy will not cure HPV. I'm still trying to understand the virus myself. Apparently 80% of sexually active people have contracted a form of the virus at one time or another, but some people are able to process it out of their systems. With others it can go dormant or be active in the body and cause cervical cancer. What worries me most is that I gave birth to my chidren vaginally, did they contract the virus, too? I'd like to know if there is a way that someone who has had cervical cancer can cure themselves of the virus to prevent recurrence. I'd also like to know why men don't get cancer from HPV. You know, I feel your pain, you must worry what can be lurking next. When I found out that I had cervical cancer I could not wait to have EVERYTHING out. If your family has a history of reproductive disease I'd go for the hysterectomy.
Your doctor is right, a hysterectomy is not a cure for HPV. However, when a woman continues to have ongoing problems with abnormal cells on her cervix, sometimes there is little other choice than to have a hysterectomy.
You commented that you've had several biopsies, a cone, etc. I assume that means you've had abnormal cells noted on a PAP or biopsy. Do you know if they obtained clean margins on your cone? Have you had a PAP since your cone was completed?
HPV is a very common virus. It is estimated that 80% of sexually active women are exposed to it by the time they turn age 50. The vast majority of these women never even know they've had HPV--most fight off the virus before any abnormal cells are ever detected. And most women who have had HPV will fight off the infection on their own within 2 years of acquiring it. That leaves only a very small percentage of women who have ongoing problems enough to require treatment with a hysterectomy.
As stated previously, HPV is not cured with a hysterectomy. Once you've had HPV you always have it. Most women are able to keep it in a dormant state where it can't cause any problems. However, it is essential even after a hysterectomy that regular PAP's are completed to determine if there is any recurrence on the vaginal walls. It can also present itself on the vulva, so self-exams are also important. When caught early, dysplasia is very easily treated.
Good luck at your 6-month checkup! Hopefully your PAP will come back normal at that time!
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