Cervical Dysplasia

Cervical DysplasiaWhat is Cervical Dysplasia?

If there is one thing that women fear, it is the development of cancer affecting the reproductive system. However, it isn’t all the time that cancer would just develop outright, there are certain conditions occurring in women that are considered as precancerous, one of which is cervical dysplasia.

Cervical dysplasia is a condition occurring in women by which there are abnormal cell changes in the inner lining of the cervix. This abnormal appearance of these cells can be detected through a Pap smear test. The changes are usually classified in three: mild, moderate, and severe. The cell changes would not usually cause any health problem, but the condition itself could progress and could lead to cervical cancer.

 

What causes Cervical Dysplasia?

While the exact or precise cause of cervical dysplasia remains unknown, some studies have shown the link of the said condition with the following:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Having sexual intercourse at an earlier age, usually below 18 years old.
  • Giving birth before the age of 16.
  • Not using condoms during a sexual intercourse with new male partners.
  • Having numerous male sexual partners.
  • Using birth control pills for a long time. (e.g. 5 years or more)
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Weakened immune system

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Dysplasia

Usually, cervical dysplasia would not produce any symptom and would only be discovered during a pap smear. The following are occasional signs and symptoms of cervical dysplasia, although you must take note that they may be indicative of another health problem. It is always best to have pap smear to determine whether you are suffering from cervical dysplasia or not.

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Genital warts
  • Vaginal discharges
  • Spotting after sexual intercourse
  • Pain in the lower back

Lifestyle Hints

  • Usually, cervical dysplasia can be healed when there is an early detection through a pap smear. Women, upon reaching the age of 16 must start having pelvic exams and pap smears, or as soon as they start having intercourse.
  • Avoid smoking, or quit smoking entirely.
  • Limit sexual partners
  • The safest age to start having sexual intercourse would be at age 18 or 20 and not earlier.
  • Use latex condoms, and make sure that safe sex is practiced in every sexual encounter.
  • Avoid sexual partners considered as high-risk.
  • Reduce the use of oral contraceptives.

Healthy Nutrition Tips

  • Eat a diet that is rich in organic whole foods. This would include grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds.
  • Reduce your intake of refined sugars and saturated fats.
  • Consume only an adequate amount of protein and not an excessive amount.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water everyday.
  • Avoid foods which have been shown to cause you allergies.

Supplements

Nutrient deficiencies on the following are linked with cervical dysplasia. Make sure you have them in your diet.

  • Vitamin B complex (1-2 tablets daily). This helps in aiding the body to absorb Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid.
  • Vitamin B6 (25mg 3 times daily).
  • Vitamin B12 (1mg daily).
  • Folic acid (10mg daily for 3 months, after which 2.5mg daily until the results of your pap smear are normal).
  • Vitamin A (5000iu-8000iu daily). You can also opt for Beta Carotene (25,000iu-50,000iu daily).
  • Vitamin C (500mg-1000mg 3 times daily).
  • Vitamin E (200iu-400iu daily).
  • Selenium (400mcg daily, along with 45mg of zinc daily).

Useful Herbs

  • Olive leaf extract (270mg 3 times daily). Studies have shown that olive leaf extract greatly helps in reducing high grade cervical dysplasia that is caused by candida. This has antiviral properties that help in boosting the immune system. It could also destroy the protein coating of the herpes virus and helps to fight the infection.
  • Goldenseal (2g-4g daily). This contains berberine, which also has antimicrobial properties that could fight viruses, fungi, and bacteria. It helps heal the vaginal mucous membranes.
  • Red clover (2g-4g daily) and cleavers (2g-4g daily). This helps in cleansing the blood and in clearing the lymphatics, which aid healing of the abnormal cervical tissues.
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