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What is cervical dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is when abnormal changes occur in cells of a woman's cervix.
What are the symptoms of cervical dysplasia?
There are usually no symptoms of cervical dysplasia, particularly in its early stages. Often the only way to know if you have it is to have a Papanicolaou test (Pap smear). Sometimes symptoms may appear due to inflammation or irritation of the …
What causes cervical dysplasia?
Most of the time cervical dysplasia is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Some types of HPV result in cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer and these types are different to the types that cause genital warts.
Who gets cervical dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is most common in women aged 25 to 35 years. Other risk factors that increase the chance of developing cervical dysplasia include: being sexually active before the age of 18; having multiple sexual partners; having a suppressed immune system …
How is cervical dysplasia diagnosed?
Cervical dysplasia can be diagnosed by: 1) Pap smear - this involves the doctor scraping or brushing off cells from your cervix, which are then analyzed for possible abnormalities. 2) Human papillomavirus DNA test - a test used to determine the type of …
How is cervical dysplasia treated?
The type of treatment you receive depends on how severe your dysplasia is. Mild dysplasia commonly disappears without treatment, so a follow-up Pap smear every six to 12 months may be all that is needed, unless the abnormalities do not go away or get …
Will cervical dysplasia clear on its own?
Mild dysplasia commonly disappears without treatment, but moderate or severe dysplasia requires treatment, otherwise it might progress to cervical cancer.
Can cervical dysplasia be prevented?
Speak to your doctor about the HPV vaccine. The chances of getting cervical dysplasia are greatly reduced in girls who have the vaccine before they become sexually active. The vaccine alone will not completely eliminate your chances of getting cervical …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Cervical dysplasia