I had first discovered this site when I was looking for information about HPV 6 months ago. It had been several years since I had had a pap and the results of my March 2011 pap were abnormal. ASCUS. I also tested positive for high risk HPV infection.
My nurse practitioner had told me not to worry and that these infections can clear up on their own. However, sometimes (and I'm sure for many women on this site) that is not the case and the fight against HPV can progress to cervical cancer. I did not want to sit back and wait so I began my research.
What I discovered (and WISHED my NP gyne had told me about) was that the immune system plays a powerful role in fighting off cancer and HPV. Women are more likely to suffer from the progression of HPV if they are overweight, have an unhealthy diet (like way too much processed foods and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables), if they smoke, if they have used long-term oral birth control, or if they have chronic inflammation. It has been discovered that there are links between folic acid deficiencies and women whose HPV progresses into cancer.
None of this information was given to me by my provider and I had to perform my own research. Being a nurse (and a Doctoral student now), this made a huge impact on how I will practice medicine in the future. So many women just do not know that there are preventative steps that they can do to help their bodies fight off HPV. It was so important for me to be able to actually DO something to help my body fight this off.
Based on several wonderful women' opinions from this site I decided to followed DR. Tori Hudson's protocol in her book The Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. It included vitamin supplementation, vaginal suppositories, and a vegetarian diet. Had I had CIN 1 or CIN 2 I was prepared to also include the escharotic treatments in my plan.
I have started eating small amounts of white meat and fish and I still do the supplementation. I exercise 6 days a week. I only eat organic food, fruits, and vegetables as there is evidence available that pesticides, hormones, fungicides and other toxins in food can interfere with the bodies natural mechanisms.
Finally, I am happy to announce that today I received a phone call about my 6 month follow up pap for SEPT 2011 and it was NORMAL! There is no evidence of HPV. It is my hope that my story will help others out there who may just be receiving news about their abnormal paps and HPV status and to give them hope and ideas of what they can do to help fight off this horrible virus.