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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2006
  • 04:10 AM

I am a 48-year-old perimenopausal woman who just learned the results of my pap smear, which was abnormal. I only started having hot flashes and started missing periods this year. The hot flashes were resolved with 1600 IU vitamin E daily and a chinese herb formula that my acupuncturist gave me.

The NP told me that the tissue culture indicated HPV. I've already done quite a bit of research as to what this is since getting the diagnosis this afternoon, although I don't know the type or if it is one of the ones that has a high risk of cancer. I am not at all interested in pharmaceutical approaches or even chemotherapy or radiation if this turns out to be cancerous.

I don't go in for a follow-up until February. My plan is to really hit this virus so that it is gone by the time they look at it. It seems that in the majority of women the immune system handles it adequately. So I am not really that frightened. Besides, I have great faith in alternative treatments, moreso than I do in conventional medicine. Years ago my father got rid of a suspicious lump on his prostate through megadoses of vitamin C. I'll probably do the same, but of course I want to increase other vitamins. Is there anyone out there who has had this and tried alternative medicine and knows some good alternative treatments, including herbs, for HPV. Of course, I am going to increase my meditation practice.

The one thing I am not clear of is just how contagious this is. The nurse I talked to on the phone said it wasn't. But all my research indicates otherwise, and what I have read makes more sense, otherwise this wouldn't be such a prevalent virus as it is. Should my partner and I continue using condoms? Obviously I don't want to infect him.

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  • HPV is very contagious! Most of the time men show no symptoms which is what makes the virus so dangerous. The kind that commonly causes cancer usually does not cause warts so an unusual pap smear is the first sign. By all means, try whatever alternative therapies you can but please discuss them with your doctor and continue to get regular pap smears.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 02:41 AM
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  • WHat are you stupid Alternative treatments ?? Obviously you havent been doing enough research. HPV can also cause other cancers, biggest one we all no of it cervical cancer and if you think taking large doses of vitamins are going to fix it im sorry to burst your bubble because if you get cancer and it goes untreated YOU WILL DIE. Untreated cervical cancer WILL lead to death. Friggin vitamins arent going to save you it may slow the process but you will die if you dont get effective treatment. WAKE UP. Quit being hippie, mondern day medicine is to try and cure people or make it easier for them to live with pain. I think you are stupid. You are supposed to be a grown well educated woman. I am less then half your age and going through the same thing i take vitamins i was healthy took care of myself I still have. GET SMART GET TREATMENT , its not glamorous but early enough you can get better.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 03:14 AM
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  • I take the vitamin supplement L-Lysine to help deal with HPV and herpes. I find that having sex without condoms aggravates and often leads to a break-out of herpes, whearas sex with condoms doesn't. Also, if I have sex and my vagina is too dry and gets sore at the opening, that seems to almost always lead to an herpes breakout.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 08:54 PM
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  • I am a 48-year-old perimenopausal woman who just learned the results of my pap smear, which was abnormal. I only started having hot flashes and started missing periods this year. The hot flashes were resolved with 1600 IU vitamin E daily and a chinese herb formula that my acupuncturist gave me.The NP told me that the tissue culture indicated HPV. I've already done quite a bit of research as to what this is since getting the diagnosis this afternoon, although I don't know the type or if it is one of the ones that has a high risk of cancer. I am not at all interested in pharmaceutical approaches or even chemotherapy or radiation if this turns out to be cancerous. I don't go in for a follow-up until February. My plan is to really hit this virus so that it is gone by the time they look at it. It seems that in the majority of women the immune system handles it adequately. So I am not really that frightened. Besides, I have great faith in alternative treatments, moreso than I do in conventional medicine. Years ago my father got rid of a suspicious lump on his prostate through megadoses of vitamin C. I'll probably do the same, but of course I want to increase other vitamins. Is there anyone out there who has had this and tried alternative medicine and knows some good alternative treatments, including herbs, for HPV. Of course, I am going to increase my meditation practice.The one thing I am not clear of is just how contagious this is. The nurse I talked to on the phone said it wasn't. But all my research indicates otherwise, and what I have read makes more sense, otherwise this wouldn't be such a prevalent virus as it is. Should my partner and I continue using condoms? Obviously I don't want to infect him.First and foremost, you should know that a condom does not protect against the spread of herpes or HPV. HPV is not a sexual disease, although sex is the most common way to spread it. HPV is a skin infection/infestation and it can be spread without any sexual contact at all. Because condoms slip and slide and do not cover 100% of the genital area, they may reduce, but will not prevent the risk of spreading HPV. Currently there are only two known "cures" for HPV. First is natural body defenses...your own immune system which rids the disease within two years of infection in most cases. The immune system does not get rid of it in everyone however. The second way, and least effective way, is to remove every cell that has the virus in it. This is pure chance and nearly impossible to achieve. But it will remove the infection if it can be achieved.Basically, the only way to really ever hope to completely rid yourself of this virus is through the strengthening of your own immune system. Lysine has been shown to be counterproductive to the body's immune system. Although, you may initially get some degree of positive result using lysine, it will quickly become counterproductive in your fight against HPV, according to all recent research. Your only real hope is to build up your own immune system through better diet and exercise, anti-oxidants, vitamins and certain minerals, such as zinc. Make no mistake, this is not a guarantee of a "cure", merely the ony real chance you have...The biggest problem is that, even if you are successful using this regimen, you may never know it, especially for men, as there are no symptoms, unless genital warts develop. If genital warts develop, then you are in the small category of people who's immune system did not initially defeat the infection. You should also know that the strains of HPV that cause genital warts do not cause cervical cancer and those causing cervical cancer do not cause genital warts. Not every strain of HPV is detectable in a PAP smear either. So the bottom line is, even if the natural, build your immune system method does clear the skin infection known as HPV, you may never know it has done so. Above all, remember HPV is NOT a sexual disease and it can be spread through skin to skin contact with any infected part of your body. One more pleasant note; HPV PREFERS the skin type in the genital area but is perfectly capable of infecting any area.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2009
    • 06:21 PM
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  • I am a 48-year-old perimenopausal woman who just learned the results of my pap smear, which was abnormal.An abnormal PAP does not 'equal' cancer. In fact, in most cases, these abnormal cells revert to normal by the time of the repeat PAP. If it was cancer, your doctor wouldn't be waiting until February to recheck it, too.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 02:54 PM
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