Dear Dr. Northrup,
My 27-year-old daughter has had abnormal Pap smears. In all, there were three tests, six months apart, with mild abnormalities. Two biopsies revealed that there were no cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. If the Pap smears remain abnormal, should she continue to have biopsies each time, as her doctor suggests?
Thanks – G.E.
Your daughter’s problem is very, very common. Here’s the good news: Mild cervical dysplasia (abnormal cells) goes away on its own 50% of the time. That means that the body’s natural immunity takes care of the problem. But to speed things along, I recommend that she get her vitamin D level to an optimal level of 40-100 ng/ml, which may mean as much as 5,000 IU of vitamin D per day for a month or more. She also needs a good pharmaceutical grade antioxidant supplement program. Smoking is known to cause abnormal pap smears. So if she’s a smoker, she needs to stop.
Getting biopsies is very stressful. I’d opt for trusting the body’s ability to heal (assuming that she’s a non-smoker and isn’t on any drugs that depress immunity, e.g., a steroid like prednisone). That means giving an improved nutritional program a full six months to work. I’m willing to bet that the abnormal pap smears go away, if she follows my advice.
Note that there is a comprehensive Pelvic Health program in the new Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. I recommend that you read that as well for additional information!
Keep me posted – C.N.