Eight months after she revealed her HPV diagnosis, Married at First Sight alum Jamie Otis says that a recent pap smear came back with ‘high risk’ cells — and she’ll likely need a surgical procedure to prevent it from turning into full-blown cancer.
In December, the 34-year-old reality star was 17 weeks pregnant with her second child when a doctor told her she had HPV — but she hoped that, like her friends, she’d see it clear up on her own after she gave birth.
In an Instagram video she uploaded on Wednesday, though, Jamie shared an update, explaining that following a colposcopy and a biopsy of her cervix, she was told that she has ‘high risk, abnormal tissues’ and will likely need a LEEP procedure.
‘I have HPV,’ Jamie wrote, captioning the Instagram video.
‘I found out when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy & had an “abnormal” pap. They told me I’d have to wait until my 6 week check up after delivery to investigate further so I didn’t risk losing my baby.
‘I have two friends who told me they were diagnosed with HPV during pregnancy too. One said it went away completely after giving birth. The other may need a hysterectomy….
‘I was kinda hoping I’d be like my first friend & it’d be gone after delivery, but at my 6 week check up I had another pap. It came back abnormal with “high risk” cells.
‘Sooo yesterday I had a colposcopy. When she finished the biopsy of my cervix she said that it’s likely I’ll need the LEEP procedure bc she could see the high risk, abnormal tissues.’
LEEP, which stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure, is a procedure in which a small electrical wire loop is used to removed abnormal cells from the cervix to prevent cervical cancer.
‘I am so fortunate to have caught this early. These “abnormal” cells are what turn into full blown cancer,’ she said.
’Luckily for me, I got pregnant and they made me have a pap. Otherwise who knows when I would’ve had one. I didn’t always get my routine check ups bc I was so “busy.”
‘Don’t let life get too “busy” to get your check ups,’ she warned. ‘I believe in my heart I’ll be perfectly fine, but man! To think if I hadn’t gotten pregnant these high risk cells would just be hanging out spreading inside me and I wouldn’t know any better bc there are no signs or symptoms.
‘Sooo, yeah, if you are due for your check up go get your pap!’ the mother-of-two concluded.
Jamie, who also has a two-year-old daughter named Henley Grace with her husband Doug Hehner, first learned she had HPV while pregnant with her son Hendrix Douglas, whom she gave birth to in May.
‘I had a bad pap smear. The cells came back as abnormal and it could be a sign, like an early sign of cancer, which is super concerning,’ she said on her Hot Marriage Cool Parents vlog.
She noted that she had to wait until after her son was born to get a biopsy.
‘I couldn’t help but think about all the women who are pregnant and find out super scary news like they actually do have cancer or a fatal disease and they’re left with the tough decision: treat yourself while pregnant to save your life but risk losing the baby OR take your chances and postpone treatment to save your baby,’ she said.
‘I cannot even imagine having to make that decision. My heart goes out to those mamas. If you’re one of them, I’m sending you SO MUCH LOVE.’
According to the CDC, 79 million people are said to have human papilloma virus, despite insurance-covered pap smears and a vaccine available since 2006.