Cervical dysplasia

Cervical dysplasia is a condition that results in cervix cells to grow abnormally. Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition but is not actually considered to be cancer. There are three different severeness of cervical dysplasia and treatment for each will vary. They are as follows:

  • CIN I is the least severe form of cervical dysplasia. Just a small amount of cervix cells are abnormal and it is not an extremely serious condition.
  • CIN II is a fairly severe form of cervical dysplasia as the majority of cervix cells are abnormal.
  • CIN III is the most severe form of cervical dysplasia as essentially all of the cervix cells are abnormal.

What Causes Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia can be caused for a variety of reasons and can affect just about anyone. Usually it is women between the ages of 25 and 35 that are affected by cervical dysplasia but females of all ages are subject to this condition.

There is no specific list of causes of cervical dysplasia as they have yet to be determined. There is however a list of possible causes for a higher likelihood of cervical dysplasia developing. It is also important to know that cervical cancer and CIN III cervical dysplasia is caused by a cervix infection that contains the human papilloma virus.

Here are some conditions that could cause a higher possibility of developing cervical dysplasia: frequent sexual intercourse before reaching adulthood, pregnancy before turning 16, your mother took diethylstilbestrol while she was pregnant with you, sleeping with multiple people at the same time, genital warts, and smoking.

Testing for Cervical Dysplasia
The worst part of this condition is that there are not really any symptoms that could signify that you may have it. The only way to really know if you have cervical dysplasia is to get tested. The most common way to do this would likely be a pelvic examination but you may be suggested to get a pap smear test as well. A pap smear would be able to identify the abnormal cervix cells and determine how severe the condition really is. There are also a few other ways to test for cervical dysplasia as well such as a cone biopsy but they are not as common.

Treating Cervical Dysplasia
The treatment method you use for cervical dysplasia will depend on the severity of the condition. If you have CIN I cervical dysplasia then you will not have to worry about treating it as it will just go away over time. For a less severe case of cervical dysplasia you should just ignore it but get frequent pap smear tests with your doctor to make sure it never gets more severe.

If you have a fairly severe condition of cervical dysplasia (CIN II or CIN III) then you will need to treat it. There are a variety of treatment methods used for cervical dysplasia such as electrocauterization, cryosurgery, and other forms of surgery. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment method for your condition. It is very unlikely that you will need to get a hysterectomy but in some situations it may be necessary.

It is necessary that you treat the condition as soon as you discover it. If you completely ignore a severe condition of cervical dysplasia then it could lead to much more serious issues such as invasive cancer. If the cervical dysplasia is not very severe then the chance of getting cancer as a result of it is much lower but it still exists. 30-50% of women that have CIN III cervical dysplasia will go on to develop invasive cancer if they do not get it treated in time.

If you have been sexually active for many years and have not had a pelvic examination or pap smear test recently then you will want to go see your doctor to get tested. Ideally you would want to attempt to prevent yourself from developing cervical dysplasia completely though and this would mean not being sexually active at a young age. There are also other ways to help prevent the condition from occurring such as not smoking.

You should do some more research to find out what are the best ways to prevent cervical dysplasia but still make sure you get tested every three to six months to make sure you do not have the condition and you get it treated if you do.

Last updated on Dec 8th, 2009 and filed under Women's Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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