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28 June 2013 @ 05:26 pm
Fellow cup users, now that I've been diagnosed with mild cervical dysplasia a few questions come to my mind regarding my cup and I hope you can help me.
So yesterday it was day one of my cycle and I also had a gyn appointment to get the results of my pap smear. Diagnosis: mild cervical dysplasia due to HPV. I was so shocked when I knew that at that point I couldn't think of anything else rather than how I could have got infected if I'm in a monogamous relationship and I always use condoms. But later I managed to come back to myself and the gyno explained it's possible to get it even using condoms. I have a follow up visit in 4 months to see if the infection clears by itself but now I'm worried I could reinfect myself with my cup.
I always boil my cup 3 minutes after and before each cycle, once in a while I either use hydrogen peroxide or Milton tablets to make it look like in never used condition. Would this be enough to kill the virus? How long can the HPV virus survive outside the human body?
In the scenario of the virus being able to survive on my cup, do you think I could reinfect myself?If my body clears out the infection I would have antibodies to fight a new infection?
Well, I wish all those questions came to my mind yesterday when I was at the doctors office since she doesn't answer any questions on the phone. Hopefully this wonderful community will have the knowledge to help me out.
pascallewest on June 28th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that how it works is that if you have the virus, your partner is a carrier too (if your partner is male, no symptoms for him but is a carrier. Also, there is no test for males for HPV). So basically, you'll be passing it back and forth :( your body is supposed to kind of heal itself periodically. Next time you go in to the doc, the virus may not show up, the time after that it might be there again, etc. If it's a mild form, this may not affect you hardly at all as far as symptoms. I have several friends who've been diagnosed with HPV and I don't think any of them have any real symptoms, they just know that they have it. Soooo many people have this virus in their body. You are NOT alone. I'm sure others in this community will respond and be able to provide other info and encouragement to you. Chin up, you are not alone.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.infragilis on June 28th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
In 2005, I came back positive for HPV/mild cervical dysplasia during a routine Pap smear. It did not clear on its own and I ended up getting a cervical biopsy and then cryotherapy (basically the doctor just freezes off the dysplasia). Follow ups included a Pap smear at six months post cryo and another at a year, then annually after that. Recently my doctor has recommended every 3 years for Pap smears so I've been "cleared"--there is no more reason for concern about cervical cancer.

It is always preferable to catch these things early, while they are still just dysplasia, because they are very easy to treat. </p>

Here is some more information about HPV on general:

In regards to your specific questions:
I think boiling is sufficient to kill anything that may be living on your cup--and even if it didn't, the chances of getting the same strain of HPV again (reinfecting yourself with it either with your cup or from your partner, who is now a carrier) are very low.

All in all, I wouldn't worry too much! :)

Luceafaraluceafara on June 28th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
My gyn told me that condoms are useless against HPV, because the virus is smaller than the pores in condoms. Nice, I know.
Also, once you have it, it stays with you forever. You may or may not have symptoms, but the virus will live on in your body. I also heard that you can get it from your mother if she has it, during your birth, so it does not necessarily indicate unfaithfulness of your partner.

There are different strains, of which some can cause cervical cancer, so knowing which strain you have may help put you at ease.

If you boil your cup, or even get a second, and always let one stay dry between uses, you should be fine. The virus needs a warm, humid environment to survive.
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Luceafaraluceafara on June 30th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
That is surely also the case, but my gyn told me specifically that the pores in condoms are larger than the virus. We had an entire conversation about it, and she is one of the best gyns to see about HPV in my home state.

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Stefaninastefanina on June 29th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Once you have the virus, you have it. Now then, so does an estimated 95% of the human population. The test will simply tell you when the virus is active in your system. Like most viruses, it has a limited life span outside its host, and given the transmission method of this one, boiling for any length of time should be sufficient.
teacupcake89 on June 29th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
HPV is like a common cold, it's a virus that lots of people get and usually fight off.

you can get HPV through other close sexual contact such as oral sex (giving or receiving to a male or female partner) so you didn't necessarily get it from PIV sex. The links between oral sex, HPV and oral/throat cancer is why many are petitioning for boys to be given the HPV vaccine as well, as whilst they don't have cervixes they have mouths. Plus the vaccine only 'protects' you if you only have sexual contact with partners whose previous partners etc have also had the vaccine.
beebs88beebs88 on June 29th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Thank you all for your replies! They have been very helpful, given I knew (almost) nothing about the virus before.
greyidmom on July 1st, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
HPV is a virus that lives in your body. It's always there. You can't reinfect your partner and your partner can't reinfect you. However, from time to time, depending on your body's immune system, you can have flare-ups caused by the virus...the flare-up being the cervical changes. So don't worry about using your cup and disinfecting it a certain way to "kill the virus." You already have the virus.

Hopefully you're body will just fight it off on its own and you'll have a clear pap before long. I just had my follow up after my second round of cervical dysplasia. Hoping that pap will be clear. I've already had one LEEP done back in my early 30s.
ghz1964 on June 3rd, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
After seeing a number of factually questionable comments here, I thought I should post some links to some heartening and slightly more accurate information. If you have mild dysplasia, don't worry! Chances are your body will heal itself. There is debate in the medical community about whether the body can clear itself of the virus, or whether it stays dormant inside of you. For those who say it stays with you forever, it's interesting to note that the majority of women with mild dysplasia don't seem to have detectable hpv after they naturally clear it from their systems....so why do we say that they still have it? It's a guess by a portion of the scientific community that stands to benefit from dysplasia-related surgeries – and should be stated as such.