When was the last time you had a check-up?
Annual pap smears are important to check for HPV and to monitor the health of your cervix. With about 70% of the population carrying HPV (human papilloma virus), the chances are good that many of us will have to deal with an abnormal pap smear at some point.
Getting an abnormal pap smear can feel very scary. Words like pre-cancer create a lot of anxiety and the proposed treatment – a LEEP procedure – can be uncomfortable and painful. We all know someone or have ourselves been through the worrisome wait for test results. And a diagnosis of HPV, with its widely publicized vaccine and the conversation around HPV leading to cervical cancer, can be upsetting, leaving your thoughts spiralling toward all the worst-case scenarios. An abnormal pap smear may be quite a common experience, but it doesn’t make it any easier to endure.
As with everything to do with women’s health, I believe the key to avoid anxiety and panic is arming yourself with knowledge.
The vast majority of abnormal pap smears show low grade cervical dysplasia or cervical abnormalities that do not lead directly to pre-cancer cells or a cancer diagnosis. Getting yourself checked-up and tested is important, but for most women an abnormal result should not be cause for alarm. The majority of cervix health issues are very treatable and you can feel confidant that the next time you have a check-up everything will be fine.
In most cases, by boosting your immune system and taking the proper steps, you can have a clear pap smear in a matter of weeks. Yes, you can actually reverse your HPV diagnosis, treat it, and get rid of it. This means, once diagnosed, you can work to support your body, boost your immunity, and then, when you return to your OBGyn, the HPV will be gone.
There are, of course, certain cases in which HPV and/or an abnormal pap smear can be more serious, so please work with your health care practitioner to assess your situation, and don’t be afraid to get second opinions. Getting regular pap smears is still the best way to maintain your cervical health.
There is a difference between low grade cervical dysplasia and high grade cervical dysplasia. The following suggestions relate to low grade cervical displasia cases only.
However, we want you to know that there are natural approaches to healing your cervix. Your body is remarkably resilient.
With good nutrition and the right supplements your immune system could fight off an HPV infection and replace abnormal cells with healthy tissue. With a strong immune system, your body should be able to clear HPV by itself.
A full 90% of HPV infections will clear in 2 years according to the World Health Organization, but most of us need to boost our immunity to make that happen quickly.
I think it’s important that every woman know this is possible and that you can take a proactive position on your own health and well-being. Knowledge is power, the more you have at your fingertips the better. Plus, how can you know what is best for you and your body without all the information?
The following natural remedies have been shown to help clear up HPV when the issue is caught early and cervical cell changes are minimal.
Natural remedies for cervical health
Vitamin C – studies have shown the protective, immunity-boosting benefits of good vitamin C intake on cervical health
Zinc – zinc defiency is considered a risk factor for the development of cervical health issues
Folic acid – multiple studies have linked low levels of folic acid to a higher incidence of cervical dysplasia. You can also combine it with B12 for increased protection against cervical cell changes. ()
Beta Carotene – women with high levels of beta-carotene were up to 50 percent less likely to acquire any HPV-related infections than females with low levels of beta-carotene
Selenium – in a recent study, supplementation with selenium improved the cervical health of over 75% of women, over a period of 6 months.
HPV is very common and often very treatable with these natural remedies. Other common women’s health issues – like UTIs, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis – are also avoidable and treatable with natural remedies. If you are very prone to UTIs and seem to get them all the time, I have developed a protocol that can stop this cycle in its tracks.
FLO Living is committed to helping you understand the amazing natural healing options that are available to you, so that you can make knowledgeable, powerful choices about how to care for your body and your menstrual and sexual health.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
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