In women the condition known as cervical dysplasia occurs as a result of an abnormal cellular change in the cells of the cervix; the condition is quite prevalent in many women. There are little or no symptoms and the condition is considered to be a precursor to cancer in the cervical area, in order to preclude the chances of cancer occurring in all women suffering from cervical dysplasia must therefore put themselves through yearly check-ups and a Pap smear-such checks are essential for all women who are worried about their health. While in a few rare cases such cervical dysplasias may quickly turn cancerous, normally the time frame for the abnormal cells of the cervix to become cancerous is about five years from the initial stages of the condition. While most cancers in women occur in the forties, the average age of women whose cervix becomes affected with cervical dysplasia is thirty. Though at an stage of a woman's life there exist any number or causes for harmless bleeding, the occurrence of any form of abnormal bleeding during menopause, in the period between menstrual cycles or following intercourse must be thoroughly investigated to rule out cancer, women thus affected must immediately seek out medical intervention for a thorough check from a gynecologist or other qualified doctor.
Repeated and persistent sources for irritation and inflammation in the cervix occur from a variety of conditions, these irritations create an environment for the cells within the cervical region to change and grow abnormally. In addition to this, infection in the body caused by a large number of STD's-sexually transmitted diseases lead to a significant rise in the risk of cervical dysplasia and cancer, such causative agents include the human papilloma virus which has been known to be responsible for the development of genital warts in the cervical area of women. The risk of cervical dysplasia is also increased by the prevalence of genital herpes and the complications resulting from being infected by it. The risks of cervical dysplasia might also increase if the women are sexually promiscuous or if she has been using contraceptive pills for a long time. Another important risk factor for developing cervical dysplasia is smoking-the habit increases the risk of developing both cervical dysplasia and cancer in all women. The chances of infections setting in the vagina is increased by regular vaginal douching, this is especially so if it has been carried out for a long time, the douching changes the natural vaginal flora, leading to infections as pathogens find it easier to grow, this in turn causes an increase in the risk for changes at the cellular level within the cervical region. Women with cervical dysplasia are also deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, in particular nutrients such as beta-carotene, the folic acid and vitamin C are found in very low levels, the condition can be remedied through regular supplementation using these nutrients.
Supplements and herbs
Women with the condition are treated through supplements of important nutrients including the vitamin A; the vitamin C and the folic acid, along with minerals such as selenium-all of these supplements are given at very high dosages in order to treat the women of the condition. The continuous use of an oral contraceptive may lead to a deficiency of folic acid in a woman's body. To prevent the development of such imbalances, the consumption of B complex supplement two times everyday is suggested on a regular and long term basis. The anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties of the vitamin E is also something that must be utilized and regular supplements of this vitamin must also be taken by the patient on a long term basis. The supplements of this vitamin will also increase oxygen availability in the cells of the body. A natural form of the vitamin E must be used for purposes of supplementation. The most effective results are obtained when selenium and vitamin E are taken together as supplements as these two work well within the body.
The stimulation of the immune system can be achieved through careful and regular supplementation using the herbal remedies given below.
The high vitamin C content of the herbal teas made from the rose hip and the acerola can be utilized. Dosage of this herbal tea can be a single cup of the herbal tea or a tbsp. of the herbal juice taken thrice every day. For a treatment period lasting 3-4 weeks at a stretch, a goldenseal douche can be used on a daily and regular basis. This douche can be prepared by using a tsp. of the herb in a single cup of boiling water, steep the herbs in the water for fifteen minutes, then strain the mixture and use lukewarm as a vaginal douche-this herbal concoction is very highly staining and you must protect your underwear with a pad, this is because the goldenseal is known to stain clothing and the stains tend to be permanent. In addition drink an Echinacea tea or tincture once a week to bolster and boost the performance of the immune system.
Additional things you may do
The regular practice of vaginal douching is related to an increased incidence for cervical cancer-this is suggested by a recent study conducted to probe the connection. As far as the kind of douching preparation that was used is concerned, the there did not seem to be major differences. The cervix is believed to be rendered more vulnerable to an attack of pathogens because of frequent douching as this is believed to change the chemical environment within the cervix. The results of the study indicate a four fold increase in the risk of cervical cancer particularly if vaginal douching is undertaken by a woman more than four times a week. Though some types and manifestations of cervical dysplasia in women may require complete cauterization of the area, many other cases of cervical dysplasia in women disappears without any sort of treatment. The act of cauterization ensures that the deeper layers of the cervical tissue are not invaded by the abnormal cells of the cervix affected by the cervical dysplasia. Additional measures include the use of vitamin A or micellized vitamin A suppositories-these have shown promising results. These can be used for four weeks and must be used once each night during that time.
- Vitamin A, 25,000 IU.
- Vitamin B complex, 100 mg two times a day. Take it with folic acid.
- Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg, 1 - 3 times a day.
- Vitamin E with 400-800 IU.
- Folic acid, 5 mg.
- Selenium, 200 mcg.
- Beta-carotene, 25,000 IU.