Have you heard the word “dysplasia” mentioned after a gynecological exam, and now you’re wondering what you should do next? Dysplasia isn’t a word that comes up very often in conversation, even among women who might have received a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia. But it’s more common than you think. Although it doesn’t create any symptoms, a routine pap smear can find abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix.
What does the term “abnormal cells” really mean?
The words “abnormal cells” can strike fear into the heart of any woman, which is why it’s easy to agree to medical treatments that include electrocauterization, cryosurgery, laser vaporization, or surgical removal of the affected area. Cervical dysplasia requires attention, because the abnormal cells are considered a precancerous condition.
But let’s talk a little more about what’s actually the best course of action.
Dysplasia can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild dysplasia is the most common form, and often resolves on its own. Moderate to severe dysplasia have a higher rate of progression to cancer, and require intervention.
Here’s what you need to know about a Naturopathic solution for dysplasia, and why you should consider it:
Naturopathic intervention is gentler to the body
Often, an underlying health issue makes women vulnerable to the HPV virus, the precursor of a cervical dysplasia diagnosis. My approach is to look at a woman’s current lifestyle, and seek to improve overall health as a first step. This is an integral part of treating any disease or condition, and often is a primary difference between seeking specialized, localized medical treatment, or using a Naturopathic approach. Cervical dysplasia can be the first warning sign a woman receives that she needs to change her lifestyle, diet, and nutritional supplementation.
Simple Steps First
I often explain to my patients that Naturopathic medicine was the first functional medicine approach. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to look for causes of disease as well as symptoms. We emphasize a whole body approach in healing.
When we’ve discussed lifestyle alterations, my next step is either a vaginal suppository protocol you can perform at home, or Escharotic Treatment performed in the office.