Cervical escharotic treatment is a safe, non-surgical and less invasive treatment alternative to loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), cryotherapy, conization and laser ablation for women who have been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia—a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix. Cervical escharotic treatments have been used for patients with positive high-risk HPV status in addition to being diagnosed with CIN I, CIN II, or CIN III.
What Does It Involve?
The procedure uses an herbal solution applied directly to the cervix during a treatment session. Treatments are scheduled for 15 minutes. The purpose of the treatments is to gently remove abnormal cervical and HPV infected cells without harming the cervix.
On average, we recommend 10-12 treatment sessions, with the patient coming in once a week and avoiding the week of menses. After the 10- to 12-sessions or when the cervix appears normal, we wait six weeks and then have the patient repeat their pap with HPV testing to see if they are fully clear or if it will take a few more sessions to heal.
Smoking Is a Major Risk Factor for Cervical Dysplasia and/or Cervical Cancer
Smokers have a 2-3 times increased risk compared to non-smokers.
Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain this increase in smokers.
- Smoking depresses immune function, allowing a sexually transmitted agent to promote abnormal cellular development leading to dysplasia.
- Smoke results in Vitamin C deficiency
- Vaginal and endometrial cells may concentrate carcinogenic compounds from inhaled smoke and secrete these compounds into vaginal canal.
Oral Birth Control Increases Risk of Cervical Cancer and Dysplasia
The longer a woman uses oral birth control (and I would also assume the patch and shots), the greater the risk of cervical cancer.
Long term use is associated with increased risk of hospitalizations for thromboembolic diseases, gallbladder disease, MI infarctions, mental illness, hypothyroidism, and hypertension, as well as cancer of the cervix.
Contraceptives are known to potentiate the adverse effects of cigarette smoking and decrease numerous nutrient levels including Vitamin C, B6, B12, folic acid, riboflavin, and zinc.
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