Cervical Dysplasia

What is Cervical Dysplasia?

The cervix is the knob-like end of the uterus (or womb) where it opens into the vagina. It is covered, as all exposed but still-internal body parts are, in a layer of skin-like cells that are tougher and designed to protect the deeper tissues from injury by chemicals, abrasion, and attack by viruses and bacteria. Your physician collects a sampling of these cells when you have your annual pelvic examination with a Pap smear to be sure they are healthy and normal. Occasionally, these cells in the skin-like (or epithelial) covering are injured themselves, and they begin to change. We call this change that we discover on an "abnormal" Pap smear cervical dysplasia.
Cervical Dysplasia Because sometimes Cervical Dysplasia leads to cancer of the cervix, you should never ignore it or downplay its importance. Many nutrients may help to reduce your risk for developing cervical dysplasia and some may even help to reverse it; however, let us stress that if you currently have an abnormal Pap smear, you must work closely with your physician, repeating Pap smears or colposcopy (a sort of magnified high-tech cell sampling technique) at 2- to 4-month intervals, or as he or she suggests, to be sure of your progress.

What makes Cervical Dysplasia worse?

• Oral contraceptive agents (birth control pills) deplete the body of folic acid, and that deficiency can increase your risk of developing cervical dysplasia. Recommendation: If you take "the pill," be certain to also take 1 to 5 mg folic acid per day. See specific instructions for folic acid.

• Smoking is another factor that increases your risk of dysplasia. Nicotene actually lodges in the tissue of the cervix. Then, when exposed to the virus, DNA can become abnormal.

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