Aug 17, 2011 - 2:58 am
I had a successful LEEP procedure in 2007 for a CIN2. After years of clear paps, I was pretty confident that I wouldn't be having any further issues (at least for a while). Sometime in late 2008, I began experiencing symptoms similar to a yeast infection. My now former GYN said after several office exams that since I didn't have a yeast infection and she couldn't find anything "wrong," that it was probably all in my head. Needless to say, I stopped seeing her after that. My current GYN decided to put me on a topical steroid, since he couldn't find anything. A year later (March 2011), I saw him again and let him know it wasn't helping. After an acetic acid skin test, he noticed a lesion on my lower vulva/perineum. He biopsied and found it to be VIN1, and decided to refer me to an gynecologic oncologist in the area. After another biopsy two weeks ago, the gyn. onc. let me know that he wanted to do a partial vulvectomy and perinectomy.
Dealing with the fear of the unknown in this instance has been near crippling at times - no matter how hard I tried to cope, I had full-on meltdowns for three days straight after the biopsy on the 29th. I'm afraid that the recovery will be agony, and that sex with my fiancé will not be the same (sounds silly and superficial at times, but it's a big deal to me).