An abnormal pap smear can be a scary test result to receive as a woman. You might be wondering what to do and what the results mean. Integrative Medicine of Frederick has solutions to help with these pressing questions.
If you’ve received an abnormal pap smear result or a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia, it’s natural to feel worried. Cervical Dysplasia is a term for the presence of abnormal cells on the cervix. These abnormal cells are usually caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV.
In many cases, the body will heal an HPV infection within 2 years. But depending on the viral strain you have and its strength, your body may not be able to kill the virus on its own, allowing the cervical dysplasia to worsen. In some cases, cervical dysplasia may progress to cervical cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018 in the United States:
- 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed.
- 4,170 women will die from cervical cancer.
Are you a candidate for electrosurgical excision? What are the side effects?
Conventional treatment for cervical dysplasia involves either watchful waiting, or a LEEP
Procedure. LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. Your gynecologist uses a thin, electrified wire loop to cut out abnormal tissue and cauterize your cervix. This often removes some normal tissue as well. LEEP may cause prolonged bleeding and risk of infection, and can cause scar tissue to form where your cervix was cut.
A scarred cervix may not dilate and close normally, which can interfere with your ability to get pregnant in the future. In addition to difficult conception, cervical scar tissue can impact childbirth and create complications.
Unfortunately, LEEP does not cure the underlying cause of the cervical dysplasia, which is the HPV infection, so it can return again.
Is there a more natural, less invasive treatment for HPV?
Yes! Escharotic therapy restores the health of the cervix, and decreases inflammation caused by the HPV virus. The treatment kills abnormal cervical cells without harming normal tissues and can reduce the risk of dysplasia progression. Escharotic therapy uses specialized enzymes, herbs, and natural solutions, the purposes of which will be explained by your practitioner. While every treatment schedule is different, 12 treatments are generally recommended.
Escharotic therapy also treats genital warts in both women and men!
A naturopathic approach to HPV will support your body’s ability to heal with a gentle, customized intervention. We also provide critical nutritional guidance and antiviral supplements to help your immune system keep your body free of HPV.
Ready to learn more? Call today for a free, discreet 10 minute phone consultation explaining this natural and effective treatment for HPV.
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Elkridge, MD 21075
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