This is all new to me. About 10 years ago I had a total hysterectomy. At that time I was told that Pap smears were no longer needed. I went in last week for a check up and the doctor did a pap smear. It came back abnormal, with high risk HPV. The doctor has since done a scope to look at my vaginal walls. (I do not have a cervix anymore due to hysterectomy) There was some mild vaginal dysplagia. Now I need someone to help me understand this. I know the main concern with high risk HPV is cervical cancer. I don't have a cervix, so where does this leave me? Is there something I need to be doing proactively to address this? The doctor was vague and in my opinion down played this, basically telling me they will watch it and see if my immune system will resolve it. He also told me that my husband and I would need to use condoms for intercourse. We both came out of marriages where our formal spouses were unfaithful with numerous partners. The doctor said that the HPV could have been dormat in me for years. SO again I am asking where does this leave me? I can find a lot of information about HPV as it relates to women who are young and still have their cervix, but I do not find much on older women (I am almost 51) who have had total hysterectomy and no longer have their cervix.
I never dreamed at this age I would have to #1 worry about protected sex with my husband of almost 20 years and #2 worry about an STD in a committed relationship where neither of us has had any other partner since we married.
Any input or help or anythig would be so nice.