Beware of Gardasil, The Cervical Cancer Vaccine by Helen Lobato
When a woman undergoes a Pap smear a number of cells are collected from her cervix which are examined for changes which may be early warning signs that cancer can develop. Whether the tests are an accurate test of a womanís gynaecological health or not is up for debate with Pap smears producing false-negative rate of 15% to 20%
I developed an interest in The Pap Smear Test in 1980ís after I received a phone call from my local GP informing me that my recent Pap Smear test was abnormal At a visit to my gynecologist I was told I had cervical dysplasia. This is also called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. CIN or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia can be graded into CIN I, CIN II and CIN III. The Common belief is that these abnormal cells if left untreated will develop into cancer.
The next invasive and painful procedure that was inflicted upon my body and my naÔve self was that of a colposcopy. This has to be one of the most degrading and painful procedures known to woman. I describe it as like being seated in a dentistís chair only what is in the air is your vagina which is opened up and into which a male doctor peers into the cervix. The reason for this excrutiating experience is to take a biopsy of these cervical cells. I was told this would not be painful. Other than childbirth itself, I have yet to experience such agonising pain as he sunk his sharp blade into my cervix and lifted out my wayward cells. The recommended treatment was a hysterectomy. Being thirty- five years old and the mother of three children it was assumed that I would not want to mother again so letís just whip out the uterus! Thank goodness I sought a second opinion on the necessity or otherwise of a hysterectomy.