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Pap Smear vs. Biopsy Round 4

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  • Posted By: verademilo
  • February 27, 2007
  • 06:07 AM

Exactly 3 years ago, I was told I had HPV...it was obvious at the time because I did have warts. My outbreaks were rare and I only had them for the first year/year and a half. It has been about a year and a half since I've had any outbreaks of warts. I have read in several places that our bodies can develop an immunity to certain strands of HPV, though I haven't confirmed it with any doctor. I have told my doctors about my HPV so it is on my records and when my pap smears starting coming back abnormal, they were attributing it to that. All pap smear results indicate severe dysplasia. However, the cerival biopsies indicate mild dysplasia. I just got the call today to go in for my 4th biopsy (in less than 8 months)...I am starting to worry that it may not be HPV and something else entirely, there are too many different things happening that doesn't sound like it's related to HPV.

My periods were never regular, but now I WILL NOT have a period if I am not on birth control. I was off the pill for the better part of last year and never had a period--I've never had a problem getting on any birth control pill but when I was put back on last year, I developed a terrible infection that took a couple of weeks to get over and spotted during the entire first month without ever having a full period.

Also, a little more than a year ago I developed a mole in my vaginal area--I had thought it was a wart and was medicating it for about a month until I asked my doctor why it wasn't going away, she said it was a mole. It got a little bigger during the next few months, but still never bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, I didn't think to worry. Occassionally I would have an aching pain in the mole, but it was usually when I was thinking about it, so I thought it was psychological.

But now...even if the mole is just a mole, has anybody had any issue or know of anything that might help explain why the biopsy results differ so much from the pap smear? (I am getting the mole biopsied this week just to be on the safe side.) Thanks!

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