Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is cervical dysplasia, how is it found, and does it always lead to cervical cancer?

Cervical dysplasia is an abnormal change in cells around the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus that opens at the top of the vagina, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

The changes in these cells are not cancer, but they can lead to cancer if they are not treated, according to the NIH.

Cervical dysplasia is found by having a pelvic exam that includes a Pap smear, according to the NIH. If the Pap smear shows abnormal cells or cervical dysplasia, you will need additional testing, which could include a follow up Pap smear or a biopsy.

Talk to your doctor for more information about cervical dysplasia.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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