Cervical Dysplasia, HPV and Escharotic Therapy
Cervical dysplasia is a common issue for many women. The most common cause of cervical dysplasia is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), a sexually transmitted virus between partners. The majority of women who contract HPV are able to clear the infection on their own and don’t develop any further issues. However, for a subset of women, HPV goes on to cause abnormal cell changes on the cervix. These abnormal cells are called cervical dysplasia and are detected by a pap test.
Escharotics are a treatment option for women who have cervical dysplasia, using natural substances applied directly to the cervix, to remove abnormal cells. Escharotics are a wonderful alternative to having a LEEP or cone biopsy. LEEP and cone biopsy require surgical removal of a portion of a woman’s cervix. These treatments not only remove infected cells on your cervix, but also healthy tissue. However, an escharotic doesn’t damage the healthy cells of the cervix.
In addition to topical application to the cervix, treatment for cervical dysplasia is aimed to improve the woman’s immune system so her body is better able to clear the HPV infection from the inside. This is an important differentiation of this approach to treatment. If a woman undergoes a LEEP procedure and is re-exposed to the virus, with out immune support, her body may develop the same issue again.
At your first visit, Dr. DeMers will go through your pap and colposcopy results, diet and you may receive your first treatment. Treatment consists of 10-12 sessions in office, ideally twice a week for 6 weeks. During this time, you will be on an oral supplement regimen and may need to make some dietary changes.