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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.
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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.
  • Check out folic acid

    Ask your doctor if taking 10 mg a day can help reverse severe cervical dysplasia

  • Fill up on fruits and veggiesHelp keep your cervix healthy by getting the nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes and dark yellow or orange vegetables, such as carrots and squash
  • Practice safe sex

    Reduce your risk for cervical dysplasia by postponing sexual activity until you’re older, limiting sexual partners, and using barrier methods of contraception

  • Steer clear of cigarette smoke

    Kick the habit and avoid secondhand smoke to reduce the risk of severe dysplasia

  • Plan a follow-up   If your pap smear detects an abnormality, see your healthcare provider for a repeat exam to determine whether additional tests or treatments are needed

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