From my experience, the best thing to do is try to get in a in depth conversation with your dr. Especially to see if they ran an HPV test, and did the results come out for high risk hpv. Sometimes, from what I've read, the low risk type CAN cause mild abnormal paps, too. Thing is, from what I've read, usually only the high risk panel is ran...because that's what most dr's are concerned with. Mainly because it is linked to cervical cancers (that doesn't mean that your dysplasia WILL become cancerous...from what I've read, it's not common). I like this site's section on HPV. If you haven't seen it before, you can view it here:http://www.ashastd.org/hpv/hpv_learn.cfm
Like for me, I didn't find out till just recently that they did indeed run an HPV test on me at the same time my pap was abnormal. I thought that they only diagnosed me via the pap alone (I heard that some healthcare providers will automatically assume it's HPV without the test). That way they were able to tell what was causing my dysplasia. It was determined that I did indeed have high risk hpv, which usually does not cause the external genital warts. Now, I'm only assuming I don't have low risk (it is possible to contract more then one strain of the virus). I've had it for about a year now, and have never shown signs of warts. Like I asked previously on this thread, I guess there can be some warts (aka flat warts) from the high risk kind...BUT I think it's not so common. At least that's the vibe I've been getting from here and elsewhere. I've been paranoid about some bumps (post about it around here somewhere), so I finally went in to have my obgyn's NP look me over. That's how I found out the test was run on me, etc.. Here's a few of my older posts that may be helpful to you:http://www.ashastd.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=547&highlight=#547http://www.ashastd.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=594&highlight=#594http://www.ashastd.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1017&highlight=#1017
As you can see with the dysplasia, just need to have patience. When I went for my six month check-up, it was still there, too. It didn't get worse, thankfully, but no signs of getting better. This last check-up turns out that I'm having much better luck! I don't know if it's what's helped, but I have been taking like vitamin C, Centrum multi vitamin, and B12 vitamin. Only been about less then a month, though. Plus, from what I've read, if you're a smoker, quit. It really screws up your immune system, and makes it harder to fight the virus off...and your cervix to heal. Just trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle a bit at a time. Also trying to reduce stress can be helpful, too. In fact, March I was pretty stressed out, so I'm hoping I didn't make things worse for me again. lol! Pray, pray, pray.
Anyway, I'd go back to your doctor, and talk to them about the HPV test. If it wasn't done, I'd see if you could have one. Have them run both a high risk and low risk panel. Some people think why bother, you have the virus so what's the big deal. However, for some of us, it would help to know what we're dealing with exactly. That was my problem. Though I am still not sure if I have low risk, but I'm trying to stay positive that I do not. Just the high risk. Why I can deal with dysplasia better then warts...who knows?
Let us know how it goes and goodluck!
Hello, I have a question about mild dysplasia and I'm hoping you can help! I'm going out of my mind here... I was diagnosed wih Mild dysplasia in November and was back for my follow up exam in March and mild dysplasia was still present!! Does this mean I have genital warts because I'm scared to death here and everything is going on in my head! Please Help!!