Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by sunshinejo1717 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 08:38 PM
Hi there, I'm new to this board and I have some questions. My gyno is NOT known for his good bedside manners, and it's so scary to ask that grumpy bear anything. I would MUCH rather seek information from educated patients.
I've had 1 leep and 1 cauterization of the cervix in about a 3 yr period. Last month I was told my pap came back abnormal, and I know this is just going to be a recurring issue. I'm 31, married, no kids, in very good health, may decide to have kids in my mid thirties but undecided. Does anyone know if this procedure is done preventatively with patients who have mild-moderate cervical dysplasia, and not the diagnosis of cancer? I have searched extensively on the net but I can't find an answer. I REALLY want to get this done, I'm getting a lot of anxiety from having to go for all these paps, waiting for hours, missing time from work, getting surgeries, etc etc.
by serendipitycmt on Mon Jan 10, 2011 05:14 AM
Go to another doctor. One that will answer all your questions, help you explore your options and have empathy. Everyone is different and scar tissue can compromise the cervix or the procedure can weaken your cervix. I've heard LEEP won't interfere with having kids but I don't know for certain. I really hope you get a different doctor that you feel comfortable with.
by DansMom on Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:49 PM
Run, don't walk to a gyno/ONCOLOGIST, as they are the MOST experienced with this type of pre-cancer. It can be done, for the most part, preventively, but I would rather have an oncologist do this type of procedure than a regular gyno. Also, this is a type of pre-cancer that can grow very fast or slow. Ask if this is from HPV, if it is, and you smoke, STOP smoking as it is proven that smoking causes it to come back. I can't go into full detail with all I've been through, but I will say this, not to scare you, but to hopefully make the point.
I allowed Dr.'s to do procedure when I was 17, and when it came time to give birth, I had to have a c-section as my cervix was shot :( Dysplasia IS pre-cancer and usually the leep is done to remove the pre-cancerous cells. BUT, it can miss some, so if u know this is going to be reoccurent, I'd have my child soon if I were you. Presently I am battling Stage 3 Primary Vaginal Cancer. It began 'in' my cervix.
Feel free to email me if you would like to know more, ok? Please keep us updated as to how you are doing. We CARE !!!, (((((hugs))))) Carrie
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