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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