cervical

Ever since being diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, I always imagined I’d write this article. I wanted to heal from it so badly. Not only did it take a significant amount of time, it was incredibly emotional for me. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor. Nothing in this article is meant to prevent, treat or cure disease.

Roughly three and a half years ago I went in for a routine pap smear. One of my girlfriends had just been diagnosed with HPV and mild cervical dysplasia and I wanted to make sure everything was good in that department. Knowing that up to 75% of adults have HPV, I specifically told my gyno that I wanted to be tested for it. When I received a letter in the mail saying everything was good, I went on with my life.

Until two weeks later when the office called to tell me not that I had slightly abnormal cells on my cervix, but that I had “precancerous lesions.” Let me tell you what I heard (and why so many women are immediately terrified upon hearing this diagnosis) – “You have cancer.” Seriously, you can’t open with – “You have some abnormal cells.”? You tell me I have precancerous lesions?!

So I went back in for a colposcopy (an exam to more closely examine the cervix) and biopsy. Very little was explained to me.

Do I have cancer? “No, not yet anyway.”

Will this turn into cancer? “Most likely.”

What causes this? “High grade HPV”

I have HPV? My tests came back negative for everything. “You probably do.”

I probably have HPV?

Turns out, they never even tested me for HPV. They assumed I had it because I had abnormal cells on my cervix, but they never once tested.

My results were in and I had CIN 2 cells on my cervix. Better than 3 or 4, not as good as CIN 1. The doctor told me I immediately had to have a LEEP procedure, using electrosurgical excision and a low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut out the abnormal tissue.

It sounded incredibly painful and I was terrified. There had to be another way. I asked if this got rid of the cells for good and the doctor said that they could return. Using my basic logical thinking skills, I decided two things:

1 – If the LEEP procedure removes the cells but they can come back anyway, what’s the point? To cut them away every time until I no longer have a cervix?

2 – A LEEP procedure does not address the root cause of this issue. If we don’t address the cause – it’s going to keep happening.

She told me if I had CIN 1, they’d just monitor my cervix with regular paps to make sure it didn’t progress. So that was my next goal – to not only regress this to CIN 1, but to get rid of it. She gave me three months.

While I ate pretty well at that time, weekends were a free for all. If I wanted wheat, I ate it. If I wanted beer, I drank it. If I wanted a cupcake, I was getting a cupcake. This all stopped immediately. I ate well throughout the week and carried that right on into the weekend. My diet mostly consisted of:

  • pastured meats and eggs
  • wild seafood
  • very low sugar
  • tons of vegetables
  • healthy fats like grass-fed butter, avocados, coconut oil
  • raw dairy

After extensive research, I also started a supplement regimen:

  • Indole-3-Carbinol, otherwise known as I3C as well as Diindolylmethane, or DIM, have been shown to be beneficial for the reversal of cervical dysplasia. I3C and DIM concentrated in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.
  • Folate – some have even suggested that cervical dysplasia is the result of folate deficiency. While I don’t think it’s that simple, there is strong evidence that folate can help reverse cervical dysplasia.
  • B12 – folate and B12 work synergistically. A study of Indian women demonstrated that B12 and folate supplementation have a beneficial impact on the prevention of cervical cancer.
  • Cod Liver Oil – CLO is a fish oil high in omega-3 fatty acids but it’s also rich in vitamins A and D. Vitamin D is a well known cancer preventative and immune booster. The omega-3s in fish oil reduces inflammation, which is at the root of any disease. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are two types of vitamin A – retinol (active form) and beta carotene (inactive form that doesn’t convert to retinol very well). Retinol is concentrated in animal foods, like cod liver oil, chicken liver and egg yolks. You’re not going to get much vitamin A from orange veggies (like carrots). One study found that women with high grade cervical dysplasia were found to have vitamin A deficiency.

I had read that the cells of the cervix replenish every 7-14 days. During those three months, I did a lot of positive affirmations and tried to keep a level head. I really believed I could reverse it, I had full faith in my natural remedies.

Second Colposcopy

Three months came and went. Scott was a big help since I’m such a worry wort and he’s naturally more care free. He helped keep me calm. I had made the appointment for my next colposcopy while Scott would be working in LA. I just wanted to get it over with.

Much to my surprise upon showing up at my appointment, they had only scheduled me for a regular pap smear, not a colposcopy. I immediately started crying. In front of people. I didn’t even care. I had worked myself up so much over the appointment, I’d stressed out for three months, I mentally prepared for the appointment and took off work – and they messed up the procedure and wanted me to reschedule?

My gyno relented, though not without making it known she was pissed she’d have to do a colposcopy at 3pm (when the office only schedules them until 2:30pm). After she muttered “What the f*ck.” under her breath, I actually felt relieved. At least I wouldn’t have to take off work again and wait for another appointment.

My previous colposcopy wasn’t painful, just very uncomfortable. This time was different. Everything was rushed. The gyno was much more aggressive. I was already a nervous wreck. I was already puffy from crying so much. I was already beaten down before the procedure even began. Which made hearing this much worse,

“You see that?” She snapped angrily, gesturing toward to screen showing my cervix.

“You still have it!” She almost shouted at me.

I broke down crying again. I asked if we could do the biopsy to see if it was still CIN 2 or if it had changed at all.

“Fine!”

And that’s when she aggressively cut off a part of my cervix. It was one of the most uncomfortable pains I’ve ever felt. Whereas it was just uncomfortable before, it was actually painful this time around. She did not care about being gentle. I yelped in pain while two nurses held my hand while I hysterically cried on a table, on my back, my feet in stir ups and my vagina on display. It was traumatizing.

I managed to calm down, get dressed and walk to my car. Where I f*cking unraveled. I couldn’t even call Scott in LA for a good twenty minutes. I couldn’t speak. I was hyperventilating and couldn’t catch my breath. I was sobbing hysterically. I still had it. That’s all I could think. I couldn’t get rid of it and I would have to have my insides cut out and I would have to heal from that and forever have scar tissue on my cervix, potentially making it more difficult to get pregnant and more difficult to give birth. I was losing it.

I managed to call Scott, who calmed me down. But with three thousand miles between us, once I got off the phone, I was a wreck again. In total, I sat in my car crying for an hour and a half.

A few days later, the results of my colposcopy were in. It had regressed to CIN 1. I was so relieved…for all of about thirty seconds. It turned out that my gyno was still pressing the LEEP procedure. She had originally told me that if I tested CIN 1, we would just wait and see. I couldn’t understand why now that I had regressed to CIN 1, why we would have to follow through with the LEEP procedure. She told me that because it was previously CIN 2, we should still do it because it would most likely progress to cancer.

Instead, I researched. I wanted to know the facts.

  • Majority of cervical dysplasia is caused by the human papiloma virus (HPV), but not all cases are caused by it (source). I still had no idea if I even had HPV.
  • Generally speaking, majority of cervical cancer is very slow growing. Even with cervical dysplasia. It can take about ten years to actually progress to cancer (source) so I figured I had some time.
  • Majority of mild dysplasia (CIN 1, like I had) heals on its own.

In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute,

About 70% of ASCUS and CIN 1 lesions regress within 6 years, while about 6% of CIN 1 lesions progress to CIN 3 or worse. In about 10% to 20% of women with CIN 3 lesions, the lesions progress to invasive cancer.

I figured that if 70% of CIN 1 lesions regress within 6 years, and I was already living a healthier lifestyle than most people (I was in school for my holistic nutrition certification at this time) and I was going to take steps to heal naturally as well, then I could do it. I just needed some time.

My gyno’s office hounded me for weeks to get the LEEP procedure. I kept telling them I wouldn’t do it, and they really tried to pressure me and play up the cancer angle. Finally, I firmly told them to stop calling me, stop leaving me messageslif, stop pressuring me – I wasn’t getting the procedure.

Nine Months Later

Nine months went by. I continued with the supplements listed above and I had really high hopes about healing naturally. I scheduled a pap smear at a new office, one that was more holistically minded. Or so I thought.

When I went in for the appointment, I introduced myself to the doctor only to be told she wasn’t the doctor but the assistant. That she would be performing my pap. That I wasn’t even going to meet the doctor. You know when your instincts tell you to run? I didn’t listen.

I explained my history to the assistant. I told her I was pretty traumatized from my previous gyno and the colposcopy. I was so nervous to even get the pap, I was shaking. I explained that I had CIN 2, I had regressed it to CIN 1 and I was hoping to heal it naturally.

To which she responded that it can’t be done. That I should’ve gotten the LEEP. That she would do the same exact thing my previous gyno did. That I couldn’t heal. That it would most likely progress to cancer.

I guess it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise when she not only told me she was going to “scrape” cells off of my cervix, but that she was not gentle when she did. FYI – no woman wants to hear that her insides are going to be “scraped” off.

A couple weeks later I got the results of the pap in the mail – abnormal cells found on cervix. I hadn’t gotten rid of it. Except this time I didn’t break down. I felt nothing.

Three Years Later

Since that last pap, I didn’t go back. Not just to that particular office, I mean that I did not get a pap smear at all. I do not recommend this. I know and knew that I should have been getting regular pap smears, but I was honestly just so traumatized from everything that I’d been through – I just pushed it all into a very small corner of my mind and didn’t acknowledge it.

During those three years, I still ate very well. I switched my supplements regularly. I tried new ones, gave up old ones. I started working with and studying essential oils.  I ended up quitting my full-time job to run Ancestral Nutrition (which took an immense amount of stress off of me).

In the time since I got my previous pap in 2012 to my most recent pap, I did a lot of different things on the health and healing front. I kept up with my diet, which again consisted of:

  • tons of vegetables, especially cruciferous
  • no wheat or grains (excluding white rice)
  • bone broth and gelatin
  • pastured meats and eggs
  • wild seafood
  • lots of healthy fat (butter, coconut oil, olive oil)
  • fermented foods
  • low sugar (hardly any fruit even)
  • raw dairy
  • fermented foods

Here are some of the supplements I used (I switched them up, I didn’t take all of these all at once):

February 2015

Scott and I are planning on getting knocked up soon, so we went to see a naturopath. This is when the CIN issue came up and she told me what I already knew: that I needed to get a pap immediately. All of my old fears came flooding back. The pain, the terror, the constant worry that I still had CIN, or worse, cancer.

I left her office and scheduled a pap for the next month. Knowing that the cells on the cervix replenish every 7-14 days, I decided to do whatever I could during that time to make sure I was giving my body the best shot.

Here’s what I took:

I made a mix of coconut oil, lavender, frankincense and melaleuca to apply to an organic tampon and use internally. I did this for five days. I applied three drops of frankincense diluted with coconut oil around my pelvic bone, on top of my cervix (lower abdomen) the entire month. (Please note that I am not advising you to do this, using oils internally is no joked and has to be done VERY carefully and under the guidance of a professional.)

I was also drinking this tea with this gelatin two to three times a day. I set three reminders everyday (9am, 2pm, 8pm) that read:

“Healthy, healed, beautiful pink donut. I am healthy, I am whole, my cervix is perfect.”

I was told to imagine my cervix as a healthy pink donut. So I did. I was told to repeat these words to myself. I set the reminders because I knew I’d forget otherwise.

And I’d also like to add that during the last several years, my lifestyle drastically went from wild child, party girl, lots of drama, in a horrible relationship to moving out on my own (away from said horrible relationship), calming down, having more fun, meeting Scott, falling in love. I think that meeting Scott played a big role in my healing. I was no longer stressed, angry and resentful in my relationship. I was happy.

The Results

I originally scheduled my pap with a midwife whose office was…not very helpful. I’ve heard great things about the midwife herself, but when the day rolled around to go get my pap, I called just to confirm the appointment. They told me she was at a birth and someone was supposed to call me days before to let me know but never did.

So I found a general practitioner that was highly rated on Yelp. She’s from the USSR and had a no nonsense attitude. I liked that. She was straight forward with me, but not overbearing like the other doctors seemed to be. She told me not to worry, if I had CIN still, we’d deal with it. The pap itself was quick and I barely felt a thing. After my history with pap smears, colposcopies and pain – I wanted to hug her but figured that would be really weird.

I’d like to say I was totally calm, cool and collected waiting for my results. The reality is that I was once again a complete wreck. I was still working everday and kept a level head (probably mostly due to Scott being supportive and dousing myself in calming essential oils), but I checked the website where my results were to be posted everyday, several times a day, even though I was told they’d take a week.

They took four days.

DIAGNOSIS:     Comment
NEGATIVE FOR INTRAEPITHELIAL LESION AND MALIGNANCY.

HPV, high-risk     Negative    Range: Negative
This high-risk HPV test detects thirteen high-risk types

No cervical dysplasia. No HPV. I cried.

I literally broke down crying, but this time it wasn’t because I was freaked out. I was so relieved. I had so much stress built up in me from all of this. I was so worried I’d have to end up getting LEEP, that it had progressed, that it would affect us having a baby. Yeah, I bawled my freaking eyes out.

I’ve literally been thankful everyday since. The magnitude of this isn’t lost on me. I’m not sure if it was time, my lifestyle, my diet or the supplements that worked – but I’m pretty positive it was a combination of all of them. And I’ll never know if I even had HPV in the first place.

I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of myself for taking a stand against aggressive doctors at the ripe ol’ age of 23 and telling them I was going to handle it on my own. For doing the research and trusting my instincts and taking care of myself. I think a lot of people expect doctors to take care of their health when the reality is that your health is determined largely by you alone.

When I was diagnosed, I looked for women like me, who had cured their dysplasia; who turned down conventional treatment. I found a handful on now abandoned websites. I want any woman who has been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia to read this. You’re not alone. Cervical dysplasia is incredibly common but not something that’s often talked about. I’m talking about it. I want to talk about it with you. Comment below, email me or just reach out. Share your story. Let me know if you want to talk.

It’s scary, but you have options. I’m not saying what worked for me will exactly, definitely work for you. But I am saying this is an issue we should be open about. We should share our experiences. We should be there for one another.

I’m here for you if you want to talk about it!

EDITED TO ADD:

While I am happy to chat about this topic, I cannot offer medical advice. I am not a doctor. I cannot offer advice on particular supplements to take or a new diet regimen. Think of it this way – you wouldn’t email a mechanic and say “X, Y and Z is wrong with my car. What should I do?” There’s no way to answer that. There are too many factors and variables. What kind of car? What year? What exactly is the issue? What fuel do you use?

So I, especially having no idea of someone’s background, age, diet, lifestyle, etc. cannot offer blind advice. I work with people to help them improve their diet and lifestyle. But I cannot offer random information on such a very specific topic.

I mean it literally when I say it’s a good idea to find a naturopath to work with. Get blood work. See what’s lacking. Talk to your doctor. If you don’t like your doctor, find another. Get a second opinion. It may be more work, it may be more money, but it’s your health. That’s priceless, ya’ll!

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94 responses on “How I Healed Cervical Dysplasia Naturally

  1. Robyn

    My mom went through a similar experience and she too healed herself through a natural process. She had dysplaysia and detrimental cancer stage 3c. Here she is 2 years later and she is cancer free. It was a lot of work but she did it without chem. Her Dr told her she’d be dead in a year, well with chemo she probably would have. Fight the fight and keep on fighting. I hope you all have babies soon, you’ll have to fight for them too. I don’t vax because of all of the junk in them. Blessings.

  2. Mama

    I am impressed at your ability to tell your story. For me, having HPV and moderate dysplasia is something I really don’t share with anybody. So very brave of you.

    I’m at work and don’t have time to go into too much detail, but here’s the summary.

    19 years old – Abnormal pap results and several terrible colposcopy experiences. They were so bad that I almost passed out.

    20 years old – LEEP. Way before I was into holistic medicine. Emotionally difficult experience.

    Haze of years where paps were abnormal / some normal, colposcopy or two, I can’t even remember. No more LEEPs.

    24 years old – Pregnant with a normal pap. Consulted with perinatologist who said that, despite the LEEP, my cervix was “sufficient.” Told that they don’t even do LEEPs on 20-year-olds now. Interesting, right?

    25 years old – Labor and delivery. Scar tissue on cervix made things interesting. Very difficult labor and got an epidural. Blessed to have a baby boy.

    28 years old – Pregnant with a normal pap. Wasn’t worried about it this time. Labor and delivery was very difficult, but I did it 100% naturally this time! Had issues with my cervix sticking, my midwife called it a “lip.” It didn’t want to open up. I was stuck at 9 cm for about four hours. Still worth it to do it naturally. Blessed to have a baby girl this time.

    Congratulations on overcoming your cervical issues. I pray that we’ll remain free of this in the future, but only God knows what is in store. I’ll be leaning on Him as my strength no matter what. Praying for you in your life and hoping that you know Jesus as your Lord. <3

    1. dani stout Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! And I’m so happy for you! So thankful you had two healthy pregnancies. I’m going to have a natural birth next year so your story is definitely motivating!

  3. Noelle

    Dani… This is SUCH an incredible story. I know that what you did was against what you (and I) would recommend for others, but I so appreciate your tenacity to trust your intuition and fight this holistically. Quick question. What ratio do you recommend people supplement with flolate and B12 for pre-pregnancy health? Should people refrain from supplementing with folate WITHOUT also supplementing with B12? I typically recommend (and have seen) 800-1200mg of folate as a pre and during pregnancy supplement, but this is the first I’m hearing to take it with b12. Thanks!

    1. dani stout Post author

      Hey Noelle – thanks so much! As for B12/folate, it differs for everyone. I like to address how much a person already getting from diet and if possible, have them get blood work done to see where they’re at. If we need to correct an imbalance, I often recommend B12 and folate together since they work synergistically. However sometimes both aren’t necessary. It differs for everyone. Most pregnant women should take both, and both are found in majority of prenatals.

      Also, sorry it took me so long to respond to this! Sometimes my comments pile up and now is definitely one of those times.

  4. Bethany

    Great job sticking up for yourself. Thank you for sharing you story. SO many of us young women are dealing with the exact same thing. My sister also refused the LEEP and her CIN 2 was cured as well. My CIN 3 regressed to CIN 1 when I refused the LEEP and took time to treat my body right. Still working on a total cure, but it will come… Maybe I’ll try your pink doughnut mantra with some frankincense!

  5. Lucy

    Much gratitude and love, for writing and sharing your story. My colposcopy for my first high-grade result is this coming Monday. I am electing a natural route also.<3

  6. Nariel Ortiz

    I recently was told I had CIN 2 and CIN 3 cervical dysplasia. To my suprise my doctor was very short telling me only horrible stories and that she wanted to perform the LEEP Procedure ASAP. I told her I would need time to think about it, because after my colposcopy, I did not want anyone taking part of me anymore. I have researched so many naturalistic ways to fight this and I found your blog inspiring. I am hoping that with my changing my diet and taking vitamins, my immune system will fight for me.

  7. Sonia

    Thanks so much for this.

    I am currently in the same situ…High risk HPV and CIN 2. I’m supplementing a huge range of things and have also made my own natural vag suppositories of curcurmin and coconut oil and also EGCG and coconut oil. Hoping this helps me…I’m giving it three months before the next colposcopy.

    I’m going to try your lovely mantra 🙂

  8. Jasmin

    I’m so grateful my boyfriend came across this article yesterday. I’m not usually one to leave comments on someones blog but I just want to thank you for writing this. My story is so similar to yours, I used to party a lot and not be very healthy then turned my life around met an amazing guy who introduced me to a more holistic lifestyle and I became a personal trainer and plan on doing nutritional medicine. I also had CIN2 and 2 weeks ago had a colposcopy, such an emotional experience that I don’t think you’d ever get used to. However, 2 weeks prior to this my pap test showed that everything was quite inflamed so I was booked in for the colposcopy. The day of the pap test I started taking Methylguard by Thorne, vitamin D and also DIM (mainly for the purpose of detoxing estrogens and leaning my legs out), anyway, when I went in for the colposcopy the Gyno had a look and said ‘oh, it actually doesn’t look too bad’. He did the procedure anyway so now I have to go back in 6 months for a pap test and see what that says but I have wondered if the supplements had something to do with healing it. I’m also determined to heal this, as i know the doctors methods are just temporarily taking care of symptoms and not getting to the root cause. I appreciate you writing this article, it’s helping me stay position about my situation and has made me more determined to heal myself!

    1. dani stout Post author

      Congrats! I’m so happy you’re improving your health through a healthy lifestyle. It’s so important. Best of luck!

  9. Angelia

    Hi dani, what an amazing story. Im so happy you made a full recovery that truly is inspiring. I seriously was so happy i stumbled upon your page. Im gonna start off by saying my story is a bit different. I had not been for my routine pap smears for a few years now. I remember when i was about 18 being told I had an abnormal pap and that it could possibly been hpv. The nurse called me over the phone to tell me and said no worries it should clear up on its own youre fine. So of course i just went with it. I was NOT into health or anything of that nature back then! I knew nothing about being healthy or taking care of myself correctly. (Thank god ive changed my ways and grown up).

    Fast forward to 22 I went in to get a pap along with some birth control one day. I remember the pap but never remember getting my results or even asking for them??! Who does that?? SO, now i am 24 and have been having extra white clearish discharge during my cycle, (no smell or anything) and got my period like twice in 1 month. This has happen 2 times now. I also am recovering bulimia after 2 years so i dont know if that has anything to do with it. I am scheduled for a pap in august.

    In the meantime, i am freaking out that something is gonna be so wrong!
    Abnormal cells, cancer, whatever ever could possibly go wrong etc… I have been doing tons of research lately, and have gotten..

    The actual complete vitamin C (500 mg) NOT ascorpic acid, folate(400 mcg), vitamin b12( in the form of sublingual Methylcobalamin supplements. Im gonna get the i3c in a few days. Ive been drinking a high quality organic sencha green tea everyday (rishi tea). eating the steeped leaves after. I take a few teaspoons of organic tumeric root powder everyday mixed with fresh cracked pepper and coconut oil to make it bioavailable in the body. Also every other day i swallow fresh chopped garlic(1 bulb).

    Im doing all of this in hopes to getting a good result when i go in for my appointment because i think it would be really hard for me to take in that i have pre cancerous cells or even worse. I feel i may break down and get scared and go for one of the procedures they want you to get. Which i really DONT wanna do. I know they would pressure me how they did to you and I really cant handle that kind of pressure. Im hoping you can offer me some advise or tell me if their is anything else i can do? Possibly just some reassurance? Im in this all on my own & nobody knows really how scared I am or even whats going on. Any words would be so appreciated. Thank you so much.

    1. dani stout Post author

      Hey Angelia,

      This is probably easier said than done, but don’t worry. It’s likely that if your pap was abnormal when you were 22, they would have contacted you for further action. Wait until your appointment before you get worried and start reacting to a problem you may not even have. Your doctor will tell you if anything is amiss, but until then, you could be completely fine. Go to your appointment and try to be patient in the meantime. Try not to freak out, enjoy your summer and eat as healthy as you can. If you have any questions just let me know. Take care!

      1. Angelia

        Ok thank you. sorry I know my post was super long! And probably full of grammatical errors! I will for sure come back here and post what happens when I go. Thanks so much for responding. I do have 1 last question if you think you can answer. Do you think im doing enough to prevent it from happening if it turns out I dont have it yet? I did smoke but I quit 2 years ago as well.

  10. Hanna

    My story, so far…

    I was diagnosed with HPV a while ago. I’ve had two colposcopies when they found “abnormal” cells. Each time, they looked under the microscope, but didn’t find anything too alarming. My pap last year came back normal. Everything looked fine and I was so relieved.

    Fast forward to this year…
    Had my routine pap a few weeks ago. It came back abnormal. Went in for a colposcopy two weeks later (last week). It was the most horrible experience I’ve ever had. My doctor was very short and “cold” with me. I asked questions and she answered them, but I felt like she was getting annoyed. She said after we got the results back, they’d either tell me to wait until my next pap, or, if it was bad, refer me to an OBGYN.

    I read online that the procedure should take about 15 minutes. Mine took over 30. She removed 3 different cells via forceps (very painful). As soon as she was done, she left. I sat there with her nurse for almost 45 minutes (shaking uncontrollably) before I felt well enough to stand. (I probably should have stayed even longer but I couldn’t stand being in that room anymore.)

    Fast forward to today….
    I got a voice mail around noon from my doctor. She says that she’s going to refer me to an OBGYN (so the results weren’t good), that I will be receiving a call to schedule an appt with an OBGYN, and that she would be gone the rest of the day.

    So now, I’m freaking out. I cannot express to you how pissed I am that she leaves a vague voice mail with my “results” 5 minutes before she leaves for the day. I left a message to have someone/anyone call me to discuss what’s going on. I just received a call to schedule my OBGYN appt and I told them no, not until I talk with someone. That lady told me that the doctor and her nurse were both gone for the day and that I needed to schedule because they “fill up fast”. I refused.

    I guess all I can do at this point is wait.

    1. dani stout Post author

      That’s so terrible and I’m so, so sorry you had to go through that. It’s really awful and I’m angry that you were treated that way. Thanks for sharing and please comment or email me at dani@ancestral-nutrtiion.com for an update or just to chat.

  11. Lynn

    Hello Dani!

    Happy to read your story and it inspired me to tell mine.

    First off I want to say that I have not fully recovered yet from cervical dysplasia, but I have made a remarkable approvement and therefore don’t need a cone biopsy any more! 🙂

    My first abnormal PAP came back a few months after my first child was born, during the pregnancy and before that everything was always fine. I had CIN 2.

    Of course I was super freaked out and scared. We agreed with the doctor that I will be having new PAP test every 6 months. There was no changes, it stayed at CIN2 and the doctor already wanted to make a cone biopsy, but then I got pregnant again, and for sure at that time they did not do this. Instead I had colposcopy and PAP tests every 3 months. I was really hoping that the second delivery will clear my cervix. Unfortunately that did not happen and 3 months after the birth of my second child, I was scheduled for the procedure.

    I was really freaking out, did not want it at all, so after a few days I wrote to cancel. It is then, when I decided to try and heal naturally. Because I was breastfeeding I did not take vitamin A, although it is highly recommended. But I did take vitamin C, B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12. I also took Zinc, Selenium, CoQ10. I ate a lot of cauliflower (every day) but there was no major changes in my diet. I still ate chocolate, chips and candy sometimes when I wanted to. I also kept drinking coffee, but we only drink organic one, so I don’t think that in my case this was a problem, since I read in many articles that people should avoid drinking coffee when wanting to heal the cervix. Just before my last colposcopy I also got homeopathic vaginal capsules from my GP (Weleda – Melisse-Majorana, and Weleda Stibium Metallicum), I also drank a bit of colloidal silver and also applied it on my cervix twice (after that the homeopathical capsules came from Germany and I continued treating with them).

    I was also dealing with some issues I have had with men in my life, since the troubles with reproductive organs should be connected with the opposite sex issues. I forgave everyone and myself for causing me stress and sadness and set these feelings free, it was a huge work I went through. I was actively saying to my cervix that I love and am grateful to her for helping to bring my kids to this world 🙂

    At my last colposcopy the changes were visible, I am on my way to full recovery with just 4 months of treatment, my first abnormal PAP was discovered in 2012. I was tested for HPV about 1,5 years ago and it came back positive for HPV 16, a high risk strain for cervical cancer. I hope that Ii have cleared it from my system as well, I am getting my hpv and pap results in the beginning of August.

  12. Connie

    Thank you so much for sharing! It’s hard to not feel like your the only one going through this. Have had several abnormal paps. Luckily I have a great dr, she has monitored me for several years knowing that we wanna expand our family. Just got results that show mild has progressed to moderate and severe, have an appointment to discuss options but I know she wants to do a LEEP. Which is upsetting bc I know she would only recommend that bc she is concerned. I have been an occasional oil user for some time. But I finally flipped the switch and am all in now. I have read of several protocols for hpv and was going to use sandalwood and frank, and will possibly add melaleuca add oregano to my concoction! I have an appt next week and I hope she is accepting of the natural remedies I am wanting to trying. Thank you for this platform and for all of information you have provided.

  13. Cassie

    I loved this post. I am struggling. I had keep procedure 3 years ago and now they want to do full hysterectomy at age 32.

  14. Marina

    Dear girls, thank you for sharing. I’m going through similar situation and there’s not much to say (unfortunately, we all know how miserably it feels), except that i’m very grateful for all your advices and i hope all of you are well and happy. Much love from the other side of the planet!

  15. vanessa

    Thank you for sharing your story, I was diagnosed with HPV my sophomore year of college I was 20. I had the cells removed during another surgery with my gyno, I thought I was okay and my boyfriend and I could not worry. However in may of last year I had another abnormal pap and it was HPV, I do not know what type, I’m so scared to know, I’m so scared of getting Cancer because I’m only 22 and I have so much ahead of me. But I have changed my lifestyle, I eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water, no soda and barely any alocohol. I have to go back in January for another colposcopy, the biopsy from my last one came back good, I’m so worried I won’t beat this, that it won’t go away. I’m scared all the time. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one, any advice as to what I can do would be great. My boyfriend keeps getting checked and all times he hasn’t had it.

    1. dani Post author

      Men can’t be checked for HPV. But try not to stress out, I know that’s SO much easier said than done. But stress makes everything a lot worse. Try to take care of yourself as best you can during this time. Do lots of self love stuff, get a massage, a pedicure, just do stuff that you love and relaxes you. I also suggest trying to find a good naturopathic doctor in your area to work with you on this.

  16. Melanie

    Hi Dani! LOVE your story! I recently received abnormal pap results with high risk hpv and asc-h squamous cells (precancerous). I am trying to treat it as cervical cancer before my colopscopy in a few weeks. I have some “Cruciferous Complex” supplements I was going to take as I thought they were comparable to the DIM +I3c but now that I have been reading into them more I believe maybe the DIM+i3c are the better to take for the results I received. What are you thoughts on the 2 supplements? Also what are your thoughts on taking Folixnor (folic acid) vs Folate?

  17. elvia

    I am so glad i found this article. Thank you for sharing your story. I had hpv for the first time in May 2008. Back then, my doctor just told me i had an inflammed cervix and it was because i had hpv. I was 19 back then and had just had my first baby. The doctor told me i may need to have a biopsy done and for sure i needed to get paps every 3 months to check on my inflammed cervix. I had to change clinics because of insurance reasons and my new doctor checked me every 3 months. Then i remember it went to 6 months then a year. It cleared on its own. Thank you God. Recently, after going through my medical records, i found out it was hpv but not high risk hpv. i had my second baby in November of 2010. I went to my regular paps and everything was normal. I had a pap smear done September 2015 and it came with high risk hpv. I was not told about this since my pap smear was done because of another issue. I ended up switching back to my old doctor in October 2015 and she did a pap again i went ahead and did it and sure enough i get a call that i came back with high risk hpv, she told me she would need to do a colposcopy. I was confused because from my last experience, i expected her to tell me she would just continue to check me every 3 months. But i went ahead and scheduled my colposcopy. It was done November 2015. She had me sign papers saying i gave permission to do i biopsy if needed. That is when i realized this was serious. She sat down with me and explained i she was going to look at my cervix under a microscope and if she saw anything weird she would cut a little piece maybe 2. I went along with what she said. She left the room and i sent a text message to my husband. I was so upset and was holding back tears. I had it done she took the 2 biopsies it hurt but it wasnt something anyone cant handle. She said she would get back to me as soon as the results came back. I received a phone call from her again, sure enough she explaimed i need a leep done. She explained what it was which didnt process through my head, iwas shocked. She said she could go ahead and schedule the leep or if i have questions to make an appointment with her to ask her questions.i scheduled to ask questions. When i got off the phone i was crying my eyes out. I went to my appointment in November she answered all my questions. Basically said i have cin2, that it is serious and this shouldnt be ignored. What i got out of it, was they are removing the part of the cervix with hpv cells. It doesnt guarantee it will be removed. Therefore, i may need another one. It can come back again. The complications are very low such as cervix scarring and having premature labor after having leep done. What scared me the most was that she said she took two biopsies one at 9 0clock and at 2 oclock. She saids 9 oclock came back as cin1 but 2 oclock was cin2. She told me that we cant know if right next to 2 oclock i have cin 3 or 4 or maybe even cancer. .i went on to schedule my leep for December 3rd i believe. Im a procrastinar queen, so the night before i googled natural ways to heal hpv. Of course, i found there is no cure. I did read however, that you may be able to reverse it by strengthening your immune system. So i ended up rescheduling my leep to this month. I have researched how to strengthen it, but i dont know where to begin. I did go get blood work done it came back high b12, ,low vitamin d and bcb was normal. I havent changed my diet, or started taking vitamin supplements. I have my leep scheduled for this Friday, but i really dont want to get it done. Then i debate on if i should get it done or not. I really want it to clear on its own. I would like to try a natural ways first. I am just so overwhelmed and stressed about it. I dont know where to begin. Sorry i just told you my life story, and i am so glad i came across yout article. Thank you!!!!

    1. dani Post author

      I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this. I know it’s insanely overwhelming. Please keep us updated and let me know if you have questions or want to chat!

  18. Chanel

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve had an abnormal pap for years with one colposcopy showing CIN 2 last year. I opted to hold off on LEEP and my next colposcopy showed CIN 1. I recently had another colposcopy but my doctor said he didn’t see anything major but took a biopsy just in case. He’s talking about the LEEP again and how we should just throw in the towel. I may get a new doctor soon not only for him pushing LEEP but also his colposcopis are painful. I took 800mg ibuprofen and still felt pain! The other gynos I had were much more gental.

  19. Tori

    This was very helpful to me and I needed to leave a comment to thank you for writing it. I had an abnormal pap about two weeks ago, then had a colposcopy to check for abnormal cells. Both times the physicians said they weren’t worried and my pap probably won’t come back with HPV (it did), then the follow up physician said “from what I saw, I’ll probably just call to tell you you’ll need another pap in 6 months.” Instead I got a call from the medical assistant a week later saying there are precancerous cells and they’re referring me to a GYN for more evaluation and possibly laser treatments.

    I’ve been so scared since. I already have terrible panic attacks that have left me home bound at times in my life, and this was the last thing I needed. So now I’m waiting to see the GYN about finding out what’s going on. I am going to try to really clean my diet up and I’ve begun eating vegan for breakfast and dinner each day, really focusing on getting a lot of raw plants in my body.

    Thanks again for this post! I’ve copied the supplements you took (take?) into a note on my phone, so I can buy them soon.

    1. dani Post author

      I don’t usually recommend a vegan diet. It can be helpful for serious cancer cases, but majority of the time, the body needs specific nutrients only found in animal foods.

      Best of luck to you!

  20. ida

    Hello.. I was so scared when the pap test was abnormal on September 2015, its ruin my daily routine. My relationship was in a mess.. I’m so scared that my result CIN 1 will become worst. Will going for colposcopy soon but the fact that i might still have it eventho after 4 month is freaking me out whenever i think about it. Need strenght and hoping that i will be free from cancer. Very sad now and can’t really concentrate with work and relationship.

    1. dani Post author

      Talk to your doctor about the risks of CIN1, it’s low. They should’ve discussed that with you. Best of luck!

  21. L

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU for writing about your experience! I was just notified by my doctor this morning that my latest pap came back “markedly abnormal” and that the results “strongly suggested” precancerous cells and HPV. I am a firm believer in the healing power of nutrition and I would VERY MUCH like to avoid cryosurgery or LEEP. Getting a PAP smear is awful enough! I, too, eat a pretty healthy, whole foods diet already. No wheat, limited carbs, etc., but I do have rather a penchant for the drinks. Like you, I am in a transitional phase in my life. I have been living alone in a long distance relationship and on a shoestring budget but still partying too much (despite the fact that I should have outgrown the partying a decade ago). But now I have a big-girl job, my boyfriend and I are moving into a beautiful house together, and life feels like it’s falling into place. I think this test result is a blessing in disguise, in a way, because it will only motivate me to take better care of myself. I am so glad to read that others have successfully taken an alternative path. It gives me hope and already I feel less freaked out about it. I have identified an integrative specialist in the town I am moving to who I believe will work with me on a natural treatment. It won’t be cheap, but hopefully, it will be worth it.

  22. Eli

    Thank you for publishing this! I was recently diagnosed with dysplasia and felt like I was going crazy with how much it’s freaking me out. It’s so comforting to know I’m not the only feeling this way! I’ve already bought some of the supplements you recommend and will definitely start healing meditation. Best wishes in your baby making!!

  23. Michelle

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am going through the same thing. Got a hpv positive pap in October 2014 and just recently had colposcopy and came back as high grade changes. I refuse to let this get the best of me so I’ll do everything in my power to get healthy and suppress this virus. I am taking AHCC and multi vitamin and monolaurin and vitamin d, b12, folate, c, DIM, drinking tea, stopped taking birth control which I think will be huge because I’ve read it deplete vitamins in your body. When did you take the DIM and did you take it with food or empty stomach? Also, my next pap is in August, should I take all of these supplements until then? I was pretty healthy before, but now I’m cutting out coffee, alcohol, and trying to really load up on leafy greens, etc. thanks!

    1. dani Post author

      These were the things I did, they’re not to be used as instructions for what you should do. Everyone is different. I can’t make recommendations for supplements without working with someone one on one. I recommend finding a naturopathic doctor in your area to work with. Best of luck!

  24. Mary

    As I read you I can completly relate, I am so glad I found this article, as I am experiencing such a similar path as you did…right now waiting for the colposcopy results…my gyn is an amazing human being but it was a terrible experience…thanks for you words they bring light, blessings to you!

  25. Mary

    I get you….just had the colposcopy yesterday, it was a somewhat painful and sad experience, feeling kind of emotional, thanks for the light, your article has gave me hope and guidance. Blessings!!!

  26. P

    Thankyou so much for sharing your story. I went to the gyne today and the gyne said she suspect I have progressed from CIN1 to CIN2. I will be getting the results next week, but right now I just don’t know how to deal with it as my immune system has always been weak. I feel more motivated now after reading your story. It’s good to hear that eating healthy can make a difference. I’m really sorry that your first few gyne experiences were terrible, but I’m so happy that everything turned out well for you. I’m hoping it will improve for me too. Anyways just wanted to let you know that your story has touched me and I haven’t really got the chance to cry since talking to my gyne but now I think I’m more ready to deal with the results–whether is be CN1 or CN2.

  27. Christi

    Wow!!! Just wow! Kudos to you for staying the course. I don’t have this but I do have what’s called incompetent cervix, and is usually caused by the LEEP procedure. I’m currently 32 weeks prego in the hospital on bedrest with a cerclage placed. I’m going to pass your story along to a couple of support groups that I’m in on Facebook for incompetent cervix. I’ve “heard” a lot of women in these groups talk about the LEEP procedure but never really knew what all it entailed. I really believe these cervical issues are a lot more common than what “we” know. I also believe, just like you, that we ourselves can heal our bodies if we just stop and think for a minute about what we’re really doing to them. I started researching how to get myself off of blood pressure, depression, and asthma meds about a year and a half ago. I’m proud to say that when I found out I was pregnant in October (big surprise), I hadn’t been on any of those meds in several months. Anyway, thank you again for sharing this!!! So inspiring!!!

    1. dani Post author

      Congrats on getting off those meds! That’s wonderful. Hope all goes well with your pregnancy and you have a healthy lil’ baby!

  28. Chanel

    Thank you for sharing your story. My gyno pressured me into a LEEP. Thankfully, my period arrived days before so he cancelled. A pap from a week before came back as ASCUS. That is the closest to normal I’ve ever been so my gyno talked to a pathologist and the pathologist recommended waiting. I’m hopeful! I’m taking probiotics now and will start I3C, folate and B12! I’m determined to kick this to the curb!

  29. Karen Kimball

    Hello,
    I am happy to read this and felt compelled to comment. My history: I was diagnosed with HPV when I was in my early 20’s – almost 30 years ago! I had cervical changes and pre-cancerous lesions which were treated at that time. In the years since, I had several abnormal pap tests and several colposcopies. I have always tried to eat a (mostly) healthy diet, and have always taken supplements and exercised.
    Flash forward a “few” years, to last year when I turned 50. It had been a few years since my last pap test and I had them check everything. I wanted to know exactly what type of HPV virus I had so I could know my risk of cervical cancer.
    I had been taking DIM-Plus for menopause symptoms along with cod liver oil and several of the supplements/vitamins you mentioned in your article. My husband and I had switched to a paleo type diet.

    Long story short, my test results came back that I didn’t have HPV at all. Negative. I had read about the HPV virus “disappearing” after many years, but didn’t believe that it would actually happen. Whether it goes dormant or the body fights it off, I don’t know. I just know that, as far as the tests go, I no longer have HPV.

    So I would like to encourage younger women to stay healthy, stay on supplements and do try DIM-Plus if you have cervical changes. The studies are out there and I really believe it made a difference with me.

    Thanks and best wishes!
    Karen

  30. Allison

    I am 31 years old and have two beautiful daughters. I had not had a routine pap since my first daughter which was 10 years ago, so I decided the fall of 2014 to get a checkup. I went in for the pap and received a call a couple weeks later saying I needed to come back in for a colposcopy. Had the colposcopy and biopsy and waited for the results, CIN2 high grade dysplasia and borderline CIN3. My doctor said my best options were the LEEP or hysterectomy if I was finished having children. I thought the LEEP was my only decision because I haven’t fully decided on future children. The LEEP procedure was the worst thing I have ever gone through, it felt similar to a horror scene where they are cutting your body parts, I felt every bit of the procedure and just knew everyone could hear me screaming in the waiting room. I was still bleeding two weeks after my procedure and my dr told me I was too tense during the procedure and my body was slower than normal healing. 6mths later I am back in for another pap and results are again positive for HPV but she wanted me to wait 6mths before I came back. 6mths go by and I am back in the dr office for a pap and results are again positive for HPV and abnormal cells. I go in for another colposcopy and she said she doesn’t see any lesions and I can continue checkups every 6 months or if I do not want to have anymore children, she recommends the hysterectomy. I have never felt comfortable with this dr since this whole process started. I am going to seek a second opinion and find a dr I am comfortable with. there has to be another way.

    1. dani Post author

      Yes, second opinions are always a good idea. Find out all of your options. Best of luck!

  31. Polia

    Thank you for sharing your incredible story. I’m scheduled for a polposcopy on Monday and I too want to treat this naturally. I’d like to contact you further depending on my results if that’s ok? ?

  32. Alyssa Goodwine

    I am right now, going through the same issues. Your story definitely gives me hope. At 22, I had severe cervical dysplasia and had to have the Leep. I went back for my pap this year and of course, abnormal cells, but now only mild dysplasia. Instead of diving right in to another Leep she wants me to wait it out 6 months to see if my body will heal on its own. Since I am young and have not yet had children, she wants to save my cervix to have less problems with pregnancy and delivery. I am glad to have a Doctor who is looking out for my best interest and not just shoving the surgery down my throat. Thanks for the hope!

  33. Michele

    I’m glad i found someone else’s experience with cervical dysplasia. All those same emotions can rushing at me all at once.. it’s a very scary ordeal. I’ve had normal paps since I was 19. This was the first time it came back abnormal. They mentioned ASCUS. So, I had to follow up and get a colposcopy. I’m waiting on the results of the biopsy they took. I hope all is in my favor. This has made me so worried, I have lost sleep over this. I’m not a smoker, but my husband is. I dont know if that affects me too?

    1. dani Post author

      I know it’s easier said than done but try to relax. I think waiting is one of the hardest parts!

  34. Merari

    Hi, I recently got diagnosed with CIN 3 and I am freaking out about the LEEP procedure. Colposcopy was painful and I hear the LEEP procedure hurts more so I am beyond nervous about it. I am also freaking out on the fact that my doctor says that if we don’t do this procedure it can quickly progress to cancer. I want to get a second opinion but the word “cancer” really freaks me out and I feel desperate for any type of help or time. I am only 25 and a mother of 2. I could not imagine not living a long life to see my boys grow. I have been doing a lot of research and I generally eat healthy but now more than ever I have been trying to implement more healthy foods and trying to get rid of bad habits. Your story gives me hope in trying to control this and God willing maybe even get rid of it completely! I read somewhere that naturopathic doctors make organic recepies that may help treat cervical dysplasia so I am currently working on meeting with one soon. If anyone here has suggestion please feel free to let me know. Like I said I am desperate and really freaking out about all this. I never in my life thought I would go through this and I am still in awe with the news.

    1. dani Post author

      I think it’s a good idea to get a second opinion and seek out a naturopath. Of course, listen to and work with your doctor. Have you been tested for strains of HPV? Some are worse and more severe than others. Best of luck!

  35. Izzy O

    Thank you guys soo much for sharing your stories. This really gives me hope to be strong with myself and fo my body.
    It all started with pain on my lower abdomen, i had to do pelvic-abdomenal scan and this revealed cyst on my right ovary but my doctor said it was small and there was no cause for alarm or to operate on it.
    Then I had couple of test done and I was asked if i have ever done a pap smear (which was No), so my doctor advised me to have one done.
    My doctor was very nice and calm with me, I had the procedure done and waited for results to come out. To my shock the doctor told me I had abnormal pap smear( I began to get scared and worried). I was advised by my uncle who is also a physician to have a colopscopy and cone biospy which I did, results came out and it turned out to still be abnormal with mild CN1 dysplasia, at this point I was really scared and worried I started googling about everything. Prior to me having colopscopy and cone biospy procedures, I had started my research in abnormal pap smear and HPV virus. My doctor said I have the virus and my results were still abnormal.
    Now due to my age (24yrs) my doctor advised I come back after 6months for another test and that he didn’t want to go ahead with cryosurgery due to my age and the long run effect, but My uncle who was a physician wanted me to do the surgery. My fears and worry were, would this affect child birth and my chances of getting pregnant? After long research of reading and praying to God, I had to let the doctor know that I would wait for 6months and that I’m not in a hurry to do the surgery.
    I believe soo much in the name and blood of Jesus Christ and that my body is perfect, complete and is the temple of the Lord. Therefore I am so sure my body would fight this thing. I declare to my body everyday that I don’t have HVP and i dont have mild cervical dysplasia.
    I am going back in 6months time and when I have the results done i believe by faith that the Lord Jesus Christ who is the greatest physical would heal me.

    1. dani Post author

      If you have to have dysplasia, you want CIN1, it’s the least serious/advanced. It’s important to know which strain of HPV you have, I suggest finding this out. Some are more serious than others. Best of luck!

  36. Wendy

    I am SO happy to stumble across this post. I was diagnosed with CIN2 and it was surreal. My body was completely healthy until I got married and stopped using protection. My husband feels horrible because he believes he gave it to me, but unfortunately there’s no way to test men. Everything happened so fast! The Pap, the colp., then the LEEP. I refused to have the LEEP done. I told the Lord what’s the purpose of believing in your Word if you can’t heal me? So I’m putting my faith in full action declaring and decreeing healing in my body. I’m eating better (more of a paleo/vegetarian diet) and taking vitamin supplements daily along with exercising. I’m also looking for ANOTHER gynecologist because I just didn’t feel a connection with my current one. I’m not saying she’s not good, but having a GYN is probably the most intimate doctor a woman will ever have—they are all between your legs! So, I need to feel comfortable and supported no matter what. I’m waiting until the Fall to have another check up. Thank you for sharing your story! It’s been hard keeping this under wraps. Not something you just spill out to all of your family and friends so I have been feeling alone about the matter, but this post was a blessing! Thank you!

    1. dani Post author

      Yes! I think one of the best things women can do is find a gyno they’re not just comfortable with, but connect with. This person literally goes inside of you and sees your most intimate parts. It’s critical to have someone you trust. Have you been tested for HPV/which strain? This is critical.

  37. Sammy

    I just found out I have HPV. They did a colposcopy and found ore abnormal cells. No. Cancerous. They want to do the TCA treatment. Which is burning my cervix with acidic acid to get rid of the cells. I don’t have a good feeling in my stomach. Not because I’m scared fully but because it doesn’t sound safe or right. Can I heal this 0n my own???

    1. dani Post author

      I’m sorry Sammy. Unfortunately no one is able to predict whether you can heal it on your own. You do have some option. You can get a second opinion, start working with a naturopath and find out which strain of HPV you have. Some are much more severe than others. Let me know if you have any questions. Best of luck!

  38. Gwen

    Could you give us an update? Did you get another pap smear and HPV test after a year or six months? Also, which type of HPV did you have? Thank you!

    1. dani Post author

      Hi Gwen, this info is actually within the article in more detail than I could explain in a comment.

  39. Andrea

    Last year, I found out I have lsil. I was told also that they pre-cancerous cells, but there is nothing to worry about. It’ll go away in a year. It’s been a year and I still have it. I don’t have multiple partners. I’ve been with the same one for over a year. It terrified me to think that maybe in the future I could have cancer? Of course all of what the “doctor” was saying was incredibly vague. I’m in the military, and needless to say, our medical team is definitely not up to par. It’s so inspiring to read this because I honestly don’t trust doctors. Not that there are positive things that come from medical practice, but for the most part it seems they want to pump your body with nonsense, or they really just don’t know what they’re talking about. There is no “natural” way to heal your body. Prior to me joining the military, I was on a diet called “Whole 30”. It was THE BEST thing that ever happened to me. I ate nothing but organic meats, fruits, veggies…..EVERYTHING. It changed my life. I have psoriasis and eczema, and bad allergy issues every single morning. Just annoying things in life where the doctors will tell you there is no cure. “Whole 30” healed all of that. Completely took away my “no cure” psoriasis and eczema. Just by completely changing my lifestyle. Knowing all of this, and going through that, I wanted to badly to think that I could do the same thing with my recently diagnoses of lsil. It’s been SUPER hard because I’m still living in the dorms in the military. So I’m subject to eating there food which is so processed and disgusting. Instantly my same issues came back, and on top of that I found out I have lsil. I’m waiting to move off base (that’s when you get you’re able to cook for yourself). In the meantime, I can only do so much with what I put in my body. It’s SO helpful to read that there is hope. Thank you so much for your inspiring story. I feel like I have more research to do, but you definitely gave me something to look forward too. I’ll let you know if my next pap comes back clear!:)

    1. dani Post author

      That’s amazing! Food is truly medicine. It makes such a huge difference in our health and well-being. Whole30 is great. I’m so happy you found it. At your next pap appointment, request to be tested for which strain of HPV you have – if any. Some are more severe than others. Best of luck!

  40. Ashley

    Age 23 and I’m truly scared. I’m speechless, unsure what to do. Month ago I was positive for HPV but I have no symptoms at all. He was very aggressively cut off a part of my cervix. I agree it was one of the most uncomfortable pains I’ve ever felt in my life. After 9 days after the colposcopy I had to return to his office to find out my results if I’m high-risk or low-risk..no solid answer but his words ” your 1% away from cancer” a lot want through my mind (holding back the tears trying to stay strong) then he rushed me into a room with all these nurses to set up an appointment for LEEP. The weird thing no one could explain what’s happening but only showed me a video. They told me this will help me out what LEEP is. I feel like I was misdiagnosed. Scared to see another gynecologist because I don’t want to go through that pain again. After 7 years going to the gynecologist this is the first pap was abnormal. What I read from the beginning from your experience feels like I’m going through it right now. About the mail and the phone call to all the testing. Sad part I’m going through this alone because I’m ashamed to tell anyone and deep down I truly don’t want to go through LEEP. I want kids in my future. What should I do?! Young and confused

    1. dani Post author

      I can’t tell you what to do but that seems VERY odd to me. The doctor couldn’t tell you if you were high risk or low risk but that you’re 1% away from cancer? That’s insane. There’s no way to even decide that – especially if he can’t even determine if you’re high or low risk! I personally would find another gyno immediately and ask your currect doctor to send the new doctor your results.

  41. Rebekah

    I’m glad I found your article. Every time I venture to the doctor I feel this same way over and over again.

  42. Hannah Grajko

    I just cried a lot while reading this. Thank you so much for writing this piece. Thank you for your bravery, your persistence, and your commitment to treating your body like the sacred temple that it is.

    I am in the same boat currently, and felt so much pressure to get the LEEP done. I wholeheartedly believed that my doctor was more open-minded and respectful of my desire to treat ailments naturally. I was wrong.

    After being diagnosed with PCOS in 2010, I was told the only was to deal with it was by essentially covering up the symptoms with hormonal birth control. After a massive freak-out and existential crisis, I decided I was committed to curing myself naturally. I went to see a holistic nutritionist, and everything changed from there. I was put on pharmaceutical-grade supplements for detox (chlorophyll, fish oil, digestive enzymes), and the most significant one, Chaste tree (this is currently the only one I still take from that regimen). I completely changed my diet to paleo, exercised with high intensity regularly, and meditated on the beauty and health of my body as a true blessing. Within 6 months, my period was back (after being gone for over a year), acne was essentially gone, energy and sex drive were WAY up, and I had such a deeper understanding of and spiritual connection with my body.

    Now comes the time to take on a similar situation, and trust that my body has the wisdom to heal so long as I give it what it needs. Due to financial concerns, I am going to wait to see a naturopath for 6 months to see if I can make any progress on my own. I am going to get back to the strict paleo diet, start taking DIM and I3C (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RYUW2C/ref=od_aui_detailpages01?ie=UTF8&psc=1), B12 Folate (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058HX9GC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1), and fish oil (along with my regular probiotics, chaste tree, and turmeric supreme). I am also going to try to go to an infrared sauna at least twice a week for detox, in addition to 4 yoga classes and 4 high-intensity exercise sessions (Freeletics) a week.

    Healing can be done! We are living proof of that. It just takes listening to our bodies, and treating them as the divine beings they are. If anyone has extra advice or tips out there, PLEASE share! <3

  43. Cassandra clegg

    Holy crap this sounds like my life right now. I’ve been dealing with this for 6 years and a year ago started taking the supplements you have listed here.
    Today I went from lsil to cin1 and i lost it, I’ve been bawling my eyes out. This has reassured me big time, if it takes about six years then I’m hopeful. I changed my diet when I was diagnosed and ive only had one normal test since but now it’s progressed a bit.
    Im kind of at a loss but I’m going to start doing the imagining it healthy because I always forget.
    Thank you for writing this…I really needed to read this.

  44. Faith Ray

    I read this blog last December (2015) after yet another abnormal pap. I have battled HPV for 5 years, multiple burning and carving procedures and finally a complete hysterectomy 2 years ago. wo when my Dr recommended chemo therapy in the form of a creme, I said enough….I found this blog and went out and bought all the vitamins recommended, as well as this: I didn’t want to make suppositories, so I decided to use coconut oil, adding frankincense and lemon essential oils dispensed using an all natural tampon, once a week for 8 hours. This was my own idea, and I have been doing this for 9 months. Today I got my 2nd COMPLETELY CLEAR PAP result with NO SIGN OF HPV. My SECOND normal one in 9 months.

    I know HPV can remain dormant, so now I will continue the regime you recommended as well as my tampon technique. My PCP and my OBGYN are both astonished. Just wanted to say thank you and to pass along this idea. Frankincense is the most powerful oil, and it has definitely worked for me.

    Now I am going to get the vaccine, and I am interested in your opinion on this idea. Do you recommend the vaccine? I am 58 years old.

    Thanks again.

    F

    1. dani Post author

      That’s wonderful, Faith! I personally opted out of the vaccine but that’s just me. Make sure to do a lot of your own research before deciding whether to move forward with it and discuss with your doctor.

  45. Erica Sanchez

    Omg as I was reading your story it felt as if I had written it myself. I went through the exact same thing only difference was I did get a leep. I didn’t know what to do I was scared all I would see was CANCER. I was only 20 at the time. After that I got me a new OB-GYN, he wasn’t to happy about the fact that the other made me get a Leep at such a young age. He said it normally heals on its own that we would monitor it because I had tested positive for hpv. So i started using essential oils like you mentioned. Years later and I’ve had normal paps. I still dread the day my pap smear appointments come along because of all the fear it left in me. Now it’s every 3 years I need to get checked so I won’t be getting one till 2018 but I still use my oils and I keep my faith. Think positive my OB-GYN says when he’s about to do the procedure he tells me that everything’s going to come out normal and that helps all the time. Im so glade I found your story. I wrote mine about 2 years ago and it’s still saved in my computer under my (abnormal pap journey) maybe one day I’ll upload it.

  46. Leann

    Thank you for posting your story! I might be in the rare camp that got a second opinion on my CIN II where the doctor is against doing a LEEP and electing to closely monitor the situation. My doctor said CIN II can really go both ways- clear up or slowly progress, but either way will take some time. It’s been a stressful few months from diagnosis to going over possible treatment options but I’m so glad I found your post! I am curious if you’ve looked into oregano oil since it’s supposed to be very potent, or if you just use the oils listed as those are the best choices for cervical dysplasia?

  47. Anna Sayre

    I just wanted to say, thanks so much for this story. I am at the beginning of it now and hoping to turn things around myself. Two days ago I was inconsolable, but your story gives me hope and strength that I can beat this without invasive surgery.

  48. Tracy Richmond

    I so hope you are still checking this blog. I just found it as I was “researching” because I was just diagnosed with CIN 2 and am scheduled to have the LEEP on Dec 6, 2016. I was diagnosed CIN 1 (HPV positive) last year but was told “we will watch it.” 3 Paps, 2 colposcopies and a punch biopsy later, it has gotten worst since last year. I am terrified of this going all the way to cancer. I am going to try some of your natural remedies, pray and believe.

  49. Wanda Long

    I was diagnosed with hpv last year during a routine pap. They simply ordered another pap in 6 months and that one came back negative. This year during my routine pap, they said the hpv is attacking my cervix and I have abnormal cells. They want to do a colposcopy, but I am not a fan of them cutting out anything or aggravating an area that needs to heal. I was going to do the same attempt at a natural approach and just back in about 6 months for another pap. I, however, am soon to be 63 years old. I’ve never had any other issues and in general have been in good health with the exception of lots of back pain due to disc buldges, degenerative arthritis, and herniated discs. I don’t take any medication. I only drink apple cider vinegar mixed with water daily. Do you think it’s smart to not have the colposcopy and go back for another pap?

    1. dani Post author

      I think it’s best to work with a doctor you trust and respect. If this isn’t your current doctor, get a second opinion and discuss your concerns with them.

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