Cervical Dysplasia refers to abnormal cells in a woman’s cervix; the opening of the uterus. It is generally symptom free and may persist or go away on its own. It may be spotted by your doctor during a routine examination or it might show up on a PAP test. If you know you are going to have a PAP test, do not douche or use vaginal creams or lubricants for at least two days before a Pap smear as it can interfere with detection of dyplasia
Cervical dysplasia can be the first step in the development of cervical cancer. Or it may not be cancer. As a result it is important to get prompt evaluation and treatment.
Studies have shown that certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), otherwise known as genital warts, increase a woman’s risk of developing cervical dysplasia. Two proteins in HPV repress both the tumor suppresser gene P53 and the cancer-fighting retinoblastoma protein PRV. Other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as AIDS, as well as other various immunologic factors may also be linked to cervical dysplasia.
To help prevent CV, women should also take their vitamins. Vitamin A, riboflavin and folate (B vitamins) and Vitamin C deficiencies have been shown to increase the risk of cervical dysplasia.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, your doctor will have to decide on treatment. He or she may recommend a waiting approach, laser surgery or another procedure to remove the abnormal cells.