Cervical Dysplasia

Related Terms

Abnormal Pap Smear

Cervical dysplasia is the abnormal growth of cells on a woman’s cervix. There are no signs. It may be found during pap smear. It may lead to cervical cancer without medical care.

It is caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) called the human papillomavirus (HPV). A shot can stop this infection. Safe sex and not smoking can also lower the risk.

Some changes may just need to be watched. Other changes may need to be treated with drugs or surgery to kill the cells.

Natural Therapies

Some people look to natural treatments to prevent cervical dysplasia.

Possibly Effective

*based on weak data

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.



A1. Myung SK, Ju W, et al. Vitamin or antioxidant intake (or serum level) and risk of cervical neoplasm: a meta-analysis. BJOG. 2011 Oct;118(11):1285-1291.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Richard Glickman-Simon, MD