Cervical dysplasia treatment

What helps Cervical dysplasia?

• Folic acid deficiency may not only increase your risk for developing cervical dysplasia, but supplementation can reverse the damage. Taking the birth control pill can cause deficiency of folic acid, and thereby increase your risk for abnormal cervical changes. If you have had cervical dysplasia in the past and want to reduce your risk of recurrence, folic acid supplementation may be helpful. If you are at an increased risk for developing dysplasia because of frequent cervical infections (such as herpes simplex II or human papilloma virus or HPV), if you take oral contraceptive agents, or if your mother took the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy, you, too, may wish to supplement with folic acid to reduce your risk of dysplasia. Recommendation: If you currently have dysplasia, take 10 mg folic acid per day for at least 6 months, following your progress with your physician at least every 8 to 12 weeks. If you want to reduce risk, take 5 mg folic acid per day. You need to check B12 levels or take extra B12 when you supplement folic acid.

• Cervical dysplasia treatmentMany women who develop cervical dysplasia are found to have low levels of vitamin C, although whether the deficiency in vitamin C contributes to the development or is a consequence of it is unclear. It makes perfect medical sense that vitamin C, in its role as a potent antioxidant, prevents tissue damage from toxins and infections. On this basis, it very likely does play a role in preventing the development of dysplasia. Recommendation: Take at least 500 mg of vitamin C per day. That amount should be considered a bare minimum, and we would advise most adult women to take 2000 mg (2 grams) to 3000 mg (3 grams) per day. Read the discussion of this vitamin in the A-to-Z Nutrient listings, and about antioxidants and free radical scavengers for more information on the importance of vitamin C.

•  Women who develop cervical dysplasia also tend to be deficient in vitamin E, another potent antioxidant and scavenger of free radicals. Recommendation: Begin with a dose of 100IU per day and remain there for 1 week. Because in some people vitamin E can increase blood pressure, be sure to have your blood pressure taken before you move on to a higher dose. If your average blood pressure has not risen above 140/90, increase your daily intake to 200 IU, then to 400 IU, and finally to 600 IU of vitamin E (in the form of alpha-tocopherol succinate) daily.

• Selenium, important for the body to make its own natural free radical scavenger, glutathione, may also be deficient in women with cervical dysplasia. If you also take selenium, you can reduce the dose of vitamin E you take, which could be important if you cannot increase the dose of vitamin E because of blood pressure considerations. Recommendations: Take 100 to 150 micrograms of selenium per day along with 100 IU to 200 IU vitamin E.

• Studies show that many women who develop cervical dysplasia eat a diet lacking in beta-carotene, the retinol (vitamin A-like substance) found in dark green and yellow vegetables. Supplementing the diet with either beta-carotene or actual vitamin A may reduce your risk of dysplasia. Because your body stores vitamin A, supplementing it in large amounts can be fraught with dangers from toxicity. Recommendation: Take 15,000 to 20,000 IU of betacarotene per day, or take no more than 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin A per day.


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