|What is cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is a premalignant or precancerous change in
the cells of your cervix. There are three types of cervical
dysplasia: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild dysplasia is by far the
most common, and probably is not a true premalignant disease. Mild
dysplasia generally represents a tissue response to the HPV virus.
Up to 70% of women with mild dysplasia will have the cells become
normal without any treatment. However, even mild dysplasia can
progress to more significant disease. Moderate and severe dysplasias
are treated when they are discovered, because of their higher rates
of turning into cancer.
What causes Cervical Dysplasia?
HPV is one of the most frequent causes of cervical dysplasia. In
addition, cigarette smoking has been found to be a cause. Women who
smoke concentrate these chemicals nicotine and cottoning into their
cervix, which harms the cells. Men also concentrate these chemicals
into their genital secretions, and can bathe the cervix with these
chemicals during intercourse. Male partners of women with cervical
dysplasia should not smoke. Some nutritional deficiencies also can
cause cervical dysplasia. The NCI recommends that women consume five
servings of fresh vegetables or fruits each day. If you cannot do
this, consider taking a daily multivitamin with antioxidants such as
Vitamin E or beta-carotene.
How can you tell if I have HPV?
Only one person in 100 with HPV will exhibit any warts. The Pap
smear often detects HPV. Even if HPV is not noted on the Pap smear.
It is 80% to 90% certain that you have the virus if you have been
diagnosed with any type of cervical dysplasia. This is particularly
true in women under the age of 40 with a diagnosis of dysplasia.
How did I get the Virus?
You generally obtain the virus through sexual contact. Condoms
can prevent the spread of many diseases, but not HPV. HPV. Is found
on all the genital tissues, and a condom on the penis usually will
not prevent transmission of HPV. The virus can lay dormant in your
tissues for up to 20 years before it causes warts or changes to the
Can I get rid of HPV and dysplasia?
Even if your entire cervix is burned or frozen, the virus
generally still remains. The goal of treatment is not elimination of
the virus, but for the bodyís immune system to control the virus.
Cervical dysplasia can be removed by many techniques, and the doctor
can discuss these treatments with you if they are needed. Women with
normal immune system function can be cured of cervical dysplasia