FAQ - uterine cervical dysplasia
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What happens when the cervical dysplasia is gone but the high risk hpv is still present?


I was diagnosed with low-grade cervical dysplasia a while ago and following my most recent test I was told that I no longer had the dysplasia but the high-risk hpv that caused it was still there... Does this mean that cervical dysplasia could come back? And is it possible that the hpv could ever go away?
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Yes, if you still have HPV present, then you could have a recurrence of cervical dysplasia. This mean you need to have regular Pap smears to monitor your progress.

Most women clear their infection eventually. But some women's infections persist indefinitely. I don't know which category you're in, but you will have to take a wait-and-see approach. In the mean time, you should take good care of yourself. Don't smoke (smoking is linked to greater risk of dysplasias), eat healthy and exercise so your otherall health and immune system are working well.  (+ info)

How long does it take for moderate cervical dysplasia to turn into cancer?


I have moderate cervical dysplasia and need a LEEP procedure done. I am a single mother of 4 and can't come up with the $500 that our local clinic is charging for the procedure. How long can I safely wait before this gets worse and turns into cancer?
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You really should get treatment, but In also honesty, it's pretty safe to wait.

Moderate dysplasia only has about a 5% chance of becoming cancer ever, and usually it takes about 10 years for dysplasia to become cancer. Moderate dysplasia can progress to severe dyplasia quite quickly, but left untreated for a year, severe dysplasia only has about a 3% change of becoming cancer.

Doctors often wait to treat moderate dyplasia in young women (like under 20) because many fight it off on their own. Also in pregnant women, most doctors would not treat moderate dysplasia until after the baby is born.

They did this clinical trial at Johns Hopkins where they followed women with severe dysplasia for 15 weeks without treatment. They figured 15 weeks was a safe period to just observe and do nothing.

So, save up because eventually you are probably going to have to treat this. But I'd say you can wait several months without worries.  (+ info)

How often after being cleared of cervical dysplasia should I be getting pap smears?


I have had cervical dysplasia twice. Once when I was 22 and again when I was 26. After this last time I had cryosurgery and was cleared of the dysplasia. I am curious about how often I need to be going back for pap smears. I heard that I should be going back more than just once a year but my doctor did not mention when I need to return.
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It depends on how severe your dysplasia was. Different classes advance at different levels. Most people with cervical dysplasia get pap smears once or twice a year, but severe dysplasia may have to be watched more closely, even quarterly or monthly. Once you have 2-3 clear pap smears, you're fine to go once a year. Call your doctor to find out when you should go back.  (+ info)

Can cervical dysplasia be contracted through saliva or oral sex?


If a female has a mild case of cervical dysplasia can she pass it on to a male via kissing or performing oral sex?
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She can't pass on cervical dysplasia because you don't have a cervix.

But she can pass on HPV. It can live anywhere on the skin.  (+ info)

Does having cervical dysplasia affect my chances of getting pregnant?


I was just diagnosed with a mild case of cervical dysplasia. I've been trying to get pregnant for a yr now. Is the cervical dyplasia keeping me from getting pregnant?
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I was told I had it as a young teen and had unprotected sex for years and never got pregnant. Stupid Dr told me as a teen I probably couldn't or would have a hard time getting pregnant. What a thing to tell a sexually active teen..So by the time I was 18 and still thought I couldn't get pregnant, I move in with a guy who turned out to be a complete nimwit but was pregnant before I realized how he really was. In my case I got clear paps and such from late teens on so I don't know if it resolved itself or just took a long time to get pregnant. There were about 3years between being told I had it to getting pregnant.  (+ info)

Is there a high risk of getting cancer if you have mild Cervical Dysplasia?


I was just told I have mild Cervical Dysplasia from high risk HPV. Does anyone know what the chances are of it turning into cancer? If you've had this how did it turn out for you?
Please only mature comments. I got the high risk HPV from my HUSBAND.
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Hi there! I'm a Cytotechnologist. A Cytotechnologist is a laboratory professional trained to identify and interpret precancerous and cancerous changes in cells. I have screened over 100,000 Pap tests.

HPV is a virus that infects the DNA of a cell and causes cervical cancer and dysplasia. Most types of HPV progress over time, some more quickly than others. Early on, we can see the mutation of the HPV in the cell as changes we call mild dysplasia or precancerous cells. More advanced changes are called moderate or severe. The next step is CIS or carcinoma in situ, cancer that has not invaded other organs. Then comes cancer. If you don't get treatment, your chances of getting cancer are close to 100%.

Currently you have a strain of HPV that is High risk for causing cervical cancer, and you have symptoms that the virus is active (mild dysplasia). If left untreated, it will progress into moderate, severe, CIS and then invasive cancer.

But there is good news! You have been diagnosed with mild dysplasia. The doctor can treat you with cauterization, cone, LEEP or freezing the area that is atypical, and it may destroy all of the precancerous cells, and you will have a normal life and can still have babies some day. It doesn't mean that it can't come back though, and you will need to get your Pap tests on a regular basis, and possibly more treatment if it continues.

No woman has to die from cervical cancer. It is a treatable disease. You are lucky that it has been caught early. See your doctor and follow his advice for treatment. And don't forget to remind your mother, sisters, cousins and friends to get their Pap tests every year! It just saved your life!  (+ info)

Are or CAN cervical warts and cervical dysplasia be the same thing?


Cause I've had HPV for about 10 yrs now, and never had a wart, visible, but had cervical dysplasia, but my husband popped up with warts on his d*ck about 5 yrs after we had sex the first time.
And I've heard there is such a thing as cervical warts, so is it the same thing cause I also heard and read that the high-risk strains (the ones that cause cancer) are different than the ones that cause warts.
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They can be caused by the same thing, but are not identical. Warts are not cancerous, but cervical dysplasia is. Taber's Medical Encyclopedia (21st edition) states that cervical dysplasia is "Precancerous chances in the cells of the uterine cervix..." Taber's definition of genital warts is " A wart of the genitalia, caused by strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) some of which are transmitted by sexual contact. In women, venereal warts, also known as condyloma acumenata, may be associated with cancer of the cervix and vulva..."  (+ info)

If someone has been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, should she be tested for an STD?


I've read that the HPV virus can cause cervical dysplasia, does this mean the woman has contracted the virus?
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Probably. There is still a slight amount of uncertainty, but getting a pap to find out should solve the question. If you have it and treat it quickly, it's harmless (there's a really easy proceedure that you would have to get done, but you're healed in a weekend and can't lift more than 5lbs for a week).

There are actually over 100 types of HPV and all are so tiny that they can slip through a condom. It's estimated that 80% get at least one of them sometime in their life... so if you come up positive, you're in the majority.  (+ info)

Has any women been able to reverse cervical dysplasia, due to vitamins, lifestyle changes, etc?


I have a close friend who has cervical dysplasia (condition that can lead to cervical cancer). Just wondering if anyone has, or has heard of, success using vitamins and diet/lifestyle changes to reverse their condition. Thanks!
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I think that a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants and exercise can do wonders for the body.

I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia about 5 years ago. The pap came back as dysplasia; a biopsy confirmed no cancer; the dysplasia was frozen off by cryotherapy. I've had normal pap smears since that time.

I know that people tend to avoid surgery if necessary. Sometimes, though, it's the best option.

Maybe your friend should get a second opinion if a surgery has not been offered.

The biopsy (for me) was a little uncomfortable-like a pinch, but was outpatient. The cryotherapy was also an outpatient procedure and virtually painless. No heavy lifting for a few days and no intercourse for about a week.   (+ info)

Can cervical dysplasia cause a miscarriage?


After just having a miscarriage I have so many questions regarding why it happened. Has anyone had cervical dysplasia and had a successful pregnancy? Or can you be more prone to a miscarriage if you have mild cervical dysplasia?
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There is no studies or evidence of your concerns. I do feel for your loss, but its not healthy to think in these terms.

If you do have cervical dysplasia, you should opt for a colposcopy and a biopsy to make sure you're ok.  (+ info)

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