|The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of changes to cervical cells, including precancerous changes. A Pap test (aka a Pap smear) is a way to collect cells or tissues from the cervix, allowing pathologists to examine and look for any abnormal changes such as cancer. Cervical dysplasia is a medical term for any changes to the cells of the cervix and will result in an abnormal Pap test.
Listed below are the most common categories of abnormal Pap test results and their meanings.
Atypical squamous cells (ASC/ASC-US)- This means your Pap smear results are borderline, between normal and abnormal.
Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL)- These are mildly abnormal cell changes on your cervix. Cells don’t look “normal”, but they usually aren’t precancerous.
High-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL)- This means that the cell changes on your cervix are more serious. There are abnormal, or precancerous cells present. The size and shape of the cells have changed. The cells may develop into cancer if they aren’t treated.
Most women with HPV and/or abnormal Pap smear results do not progress into cervical cancer. Since a Pap smear can detect abnormal cell changes in the cervix long before they become cancerous, cervical cancer can be prevented. In many ways, the Pap test can be seen as a general indicator of your overall health status, since abnormal cervical cells reflect a weakened immune system.
There are preventative measures that you could take and these include limiting the number of sexual partners, safe sex strategies and annual Pap exams. Diet and lifestyle also play an important role in prevention, our immune system is given strength by maintaining a diet that’s high in folic acid, antioxidants, and nutrients. In addition to diet, we can support our cervical cell health with high quality nutritional supplements.
Papillex contains powerful nutrients that have been shown to nutritionally support the immune system, aiding the body to better respond to genital warts, cervical dysplasia and other HPV-related disorders.
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