Little background: about two years ago I had a pap smear that came back abnormal because of the presence of HPV. Gyno told me to get another pap after 6 mos, which was still abnormal, then, after a year, it was normal again, which meant I could resume coming for paps on a yearly basis. Just last week, then, I had my yearly pap smear, and, uh-oh. Got a call from the nurse practitioner today with the test results telling me it was abnormal again, and that the level of abnormality was LGSIL, which apparently stands for "Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion." The internet is telling me that this is cervical dysplasia and, "is the most common classification of cervical dysplasia, and in most cases, clears up on its own within two years." The nurse practitioner who did the pap last week wants me to go and see the gynecologist next week for a cystoscopy.
In short, I am terrified. I am a hypochrondiac (like, clinically diagnosed, not just someone who worries a lot about health) and so this has sent me into a tailspin of worries about cancer and dying young (I will be 32 in October) and having to have a hysterectomy, etc., etc., etc. Can someone please please please talk me down a little? I'm so scared, and my aunt has had a long history with cervical cancer and finally had a full hysterectomy a few years ago. Now I am picturing myself following her down that same path.
Also, could anything else cause an abnormal reading of LGSIL? I have a copper IUD - could that have done it? I realize this is a stretch, but I am trying to calm myself down here.
Thank you all so much for any help you can give me.