Many women don't realize that cervical dysplasia can be an easy diagnosis to deal with naturally. Many patients given the diagnosis of an early stage of cervical dysplasia are told to wait and be retested by PAP smear in 3-6 months to see if the dysplasia goes away or reverts back to normal. My suggestion to these patients is to take action now and turn the dysplasia back into normal cells before the next scheduled PAP test. Dysplasia means that there is pre-cancerous change in the cells of the cervix. Recommended testing is to go see your OB/GYN yearly for an annual exam which includes the PAP smear test. In my office we do a lot of reversing of cervical dysplasia which is quite easy to do under naturopathic medical guidance. However in a wait and see stage many women need to know what they can do on their own in the absence of seeing a naturopathic doctor. Cervical dysplasia is very treatable via nutritional means and with herbal/vitamin suppositories.
Here are some things to do if you are in a 'wait and see' situation.
- Folic Acid: A common deficiency in women with cervical dysplasia. Make sure you are getting plenty in your diet and as supplementation. Too much folic acid without supplementing with B12 simultaneously will lead to a b12 deficiency.
- Indole-3-Carbinol: Derived from the broccoli family. Has been shown in studies to reverse cervical dysplasia by 50% over placebo. It has also been shown to prevent cervical cancer in HPV16 positive mice. Make sure you get a quality supplement here, I3C is unstable and degrades quickly. Best to secure a high quality supplement from a doctor rather than from a health food store in this case.
- Increase consumption of Cabbage family foods. This includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. This increases your natural intake of indole-3 carbinol containing foods.
- Avoid unfermented soy products. Phytoestrogens like unfermented soy products shifts your hormonal balance toward an estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance exacerbates cervical dysplasia. If you like soy, stick with only fermented soy foods like miso and tempeh where most of the isoflavones are fermented out. Also, moderation is key here.
- Stop drinking coffee. Coffee is a known phytoestrogen and has been shown to boost estrogen levels in women. Additionally, coffee taxes your liver detoxification pathways and thus slows your liver's ability to eliminate excess estrogens that your body may need to get rid of.
If you need more tips or have a more severe case of cervical dysplasia go seek out a qualified naturopathic physician to help you reverse your diagnosis. I've seen enough young women who have had aggressive cervical cancer that is too late for anything but oncological intervention. Along the way there could have been much done to prevent an early hysterectomy or other cancer complications. Make sure you are tested yearly, especially if you change sex partners frequently (use a condom too). Cervical cancer is very preventable, take charge now.Share on Facebook