Thanks for your post. Vulvodynia is a problem for many women, no doubt. The exact cause of the condition is not too well defined, but HPV is not thought to be a likely or common factor.
Read more about vulvodynia at http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr09-29-06-1.cfm
Questions: -how can HPV not be mentioned to me in the first place when I had my 1st abnormal pap??
Not knowing what the Pap results showed, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult for anyone other youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re your health care provider to address this. Paps can be abnormal for a number of reasons, including the presence of cell changes related to HPV cell changes. If you have questions, ask your current provider why he or she thinks your previously abnormal Pap was due to HPV.-How can they just say you have HPV with no further info on it being cancerous or not??
Vulvar cancers arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t very common, but here too ask her what your follow-up should be. Sometimes they just keep an eye on vulvar lesions (cell changes) as they often clear naturally; in other cases treatment is indicated. -Does the indication of abnormal cells on the vulva automatically mean that I now have genital warts?? Do people with genital warts just wait around to see if they actually develop warts?? The current Gyno didn't metion seeing warts or anything when she did the colposcopy...
Women can have abnormal vulvar cell changes, similar to what is found with the cervix. Or, they can have genital warts. She should be able to sort this out for you. Genital warts are classically diagnosed with a visual inspection, but they can be small and difficult to see.
I hope this helps, and I'm sorry I couldn't provide better answers. Post again if you want to chat some more.