Abnormal Pap Smear

Also indexed as:Cervical Dysplasia, Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia, Cervical Smear Test, Pap Smear Test (Abnormal), Papanicolaou Smear Test (Abnormal)
Caring for your cervix is a must, especially for sexually active women. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Supplement Amount Why
Folic Acid
10 mg daily under medical supervision 3 stars [3 stars]
Large amounts of folic acid have been shown to improve the abnormal Pap smears of some women who are taking birth control pills.
Green Tea
Twice weekly, apply a cream with 15% polyphenols to the cervix and/or take a 200 mg EGCG supplement daily   2 stars [2 stars]
A preliminary study found that cervical dysplasia improved following treatment with epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a green tea flavonoid, for 8 to 12 weeks.
Selenium
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Low levels of selenium have been observed in women with cervical dysplasia.
Vitamin A
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Women who don’t get enough vitamin A have an increased risk of cervical dysplasia, though there is little research on using vitamin A as a treatment.
Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Women with cervical dysplasia may have lower blood levels of vitamin E compared with healthy women.
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