Gynecologic Health

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

What is HPV, and how is it related to cervical dysplasia?

Human papillomavirus – commonly known as HPV – is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

There are more than 100 kinds of HPV, most of them are harmless, according the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). But, about 30 can cause cervical dysplasia – changes to cells on the surface of the uterus that can be a sign of cancer.

The best way to prevent HPV is to get the HPV vaccine, according to the NIH. If girls get the vaccine before becoming sexually active, they reduce their chances of getting cervical cancer.

The vaccine is recommended for girls and women ages 11 through 26, and boys and men ages 11 through 21. It is given in three doses over a six month period, according to the CDC.

For people who are sexually active, using condoms from start to finish of every sex act can help lower the risk of HPV, but they do not fully protect against it, according to the CDC.

For more information about HPV and how to prevent it, talk with your doctor.

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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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