This week on the Birth Kweens podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Winter joins Karly and Ali to talk about cervical dysplasia. Dr. Winter is naturopathic doctor in San Diego, CA who specializes in women’s health and pediatrics. She is extremely knowledgeable about cervical dysplasia and offers a wealth of information about alternative treatment methods. Here’s what you will learn about in this episode:
- What is cervical dysplasia and how is it diagnosed
- The connections and differences between cervical dysplasia, HPV, and cervical cancer
- What it means when the results of a pap smear come back abnormal
- The role that a colposcopy and cervical biopsy play in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical dysplasia
- Risk factors for HPV and cervical dysplasia
- How to diagnose and treat HPV in men (and how it differs from diagnosis and treatment in women)
- The following [startling] facts: Approximately 70-80% of women and 50-60% of men will contract HPV at some point in their life, and it is estimated that at any given time ~79 million people are positive for HPV.
- Whether women should get pap smears and be treated for cervical dysplasia while they’re pregnant
- The traditional medical approach to treating cervical dysplasia, including LEEP procedures, cryo surgery, laser therapy, and cone biopsies
- The alternative treatment options for cervical dysplasia and HPV, including oral supplements, suppositories, and cervical escharotics
- The pros and cons of opting for the alternative treatment vs. traditional medical treatment
- Why it’s important for pregnant women to be aware of the potential impacts of cervical scar tissue on the process of labor
If you’d like to find out more about Dr. Winter’s naturopathic approach to treating cervical dysplasia or schedule a consultation with her (she offers Skype consults!), you can visit her website here.
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