Cervical Dysplasia

Obstetrics and Gynecologist in West Houston, TX
Cervical Dysplasia

Cervical dysplasia doesn’t mean you have cancer. However, it needs to be caught and treated early to stop it before it becomes cancerous. The medical experts at Elite Women's Care Center in Houston, Texas, have the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat cervical dysplasia. To learn more, book an appointment today by phone or online.

Cervical Dysplasia Q & A

What is cervical dysplasia?

Cervical dysplasia is a medical condition that refers to abnormal cell growth in the lining of the cervix, usually caused by early human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. 

When the cells in the cervix undergo dysplasia, they can develop into cancer. However, early detection and treatment can successfully prevent further complications.

Cervical dysplasia typically develops in women under age 30 but can still occur at any age.

What are the symptoms of cervical dysplasia?

In many cases, cervical dysplasia has no symptoms. If you do show signs of cervical dysplasia, they may include:

  • Irregular bleeding, especially during or after sex
  • Spotting between periods
  • Heavy and painful periods or bleeding after menopause
  • Pain during sex

You may also experience increased discharge from your vagina.

How is cervical dysplasia diagnosed?

At Elite Women’s Care Center, your provider performs a Pap smear to detect cervical dysplasia. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from the surface of the cervix, which are then examined under a microscope for any abnormalities or cancerous signs. 

If a Pap smear shows abnormal results, further testing, such as a colposcopy, may be performed. A colposcopy is a procedure that involves the use of a powerful microscope to examine the cervix more closely and look for unusual growths.

How is cervical dysplasia treated?

Cervical dysplasia can be treated in various ways depending on the extent of the condition. Mild cases often resolve themselves without intervention, but a follow-up test is usually recommended. 

In other cases, your provider may recommend watchful waiting or close monitoring with regular Pap smears to check for any changes.

In more severe cases, treatment may include:

  • Cryosurgery, which involves freezing the abnormal cells
  • Laser treatment, which uses a focused beam of light to destroy dysplastic cells
  • LEEP procedure, which involves removing abnormal cells using a heated wire
  • Cone biopsy, which removes a larger cone-shaped portion of the cervix

Proper follow-up care and regular Pap smear tests are essential even after treatment of cervical dysplasia to ensure the condition does not reoccur.

If you have concerns about cervical dysplasia, book an appointment with the Elite Women’s Care Center medical team today. Call or use the online scheduling tool now.