Now we will learn how to live with HPV and what you can do to help your body clear the infection. If you are diagnosed with HPV virus, you will always have it. Even when your body clears the infection from the cervix, it remains in a dormant state and is reactivated when your immune system is weakened by stress, poor diet or other factors. There may be no outward signs the infection has returned. So it is highly important that HPV positive individuals take care of themselves.
Significant factors in HPV's progression. Epidemiolic studies show that women with high risk type HPV had low levels of folic acid, coenzyme Q10 and specific antioxidants like lutein, lycopene, beta carotene and canthaxanthin, which are found in colorful fruits and vegetables. Many of the women had high levels of Malondialdehyde acid (MDA) -a byproduct of polyunsaturated fats. Smoking and use of oral contraceptives were found to be cofactors in the development of cervical cancer.
The body is synergistic (all systems working together). Your dietary habits are extremely important to your general health. The HPV positive person should be selective of the food they consume. Fried and processed foods containing hydrogenated oils should be avoided. A harmful byproduct of these oils-MDA has been found in high levels in HPV positive women who went on to develop cervical problems. You will also need to lower your intake of high sugar foods and smoking is not an option. As for the foods you should eat, organically grown fruits and vegetables are always the best choice, yet we must sometimes supplement: lycopene, B12, beta carotene, vitamin D, canthaxanthin, vitamin E, folic acid and others. Levels of these nutrients must be maintained to clear the HPV.
The importance of vaginal health cannot be over emphasized. You must evaluate your current vaginal status. If you have not been tested for other STDs, do so. Include tests for chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and HIV. Besides being problematic in themselves, STDs will make you more susceptible to other pathogens. How is this possible? A simple bacterial vaginosis, which may cause no symptoms, can upset the vaginal pH. The healthy vagina has an acidic environment of 4.0 pH. An untreated infection in the vagina can create an imbalance, which may destroy the good bacteria lactobacillus. This good bacteria produces a natural microbicide hydrogen peroxide which helps destroy pathogens. When the good bacteria are in low levels, the vagina becomes more alkaline. In a study of young women, those suffering from candida vaginitis were found to have alkaline vaginal pH levels of 6.0. The women were asked to consume yogurt once a day for 30 days, then were tested again. The results were good, 90% of the girls eating the yogurt lowered their vaginal pH levels to 4.0 -a normal acidic environment. Sometimes there is a simple answer to complex issues. There are in fact several vaginal probiotics on the market which can help restore a proper pH. The overuse of female douche products may also upset the vaginal pH. Limit your douching to twice a month. Note, use products that contain vinegar and purified water only. No fragrances or other ingredients.
A study published in 2007 stated that the simple act of performing a Pap smear produces a cytokine response which may in itself initiate immunologic clearance of HPV. There was evidence of a significant decline in HPV positivity in women who had regular Pap tests. This is another reason for you to have regular Pap smears.
We have covered a lot of information, all of which is backed up by the latest research. Now follow the guide on reinfection. You must continue annual Pap smears and HPV testing. If your HPV test is positive for more than two consecutive years, it would be advisable to increase testing to twice yearly to better monitor possible changes in the cervix. Why? Because persistent high risk HPV has been associated with a higher risk of cervical problems. Your doctor may also, due to abnormal Pap test or persistent HPV, perform a colposcopy. Colposcopy is a way your doctor can examine your cervix closely. A colposcope is an instrument that shines a light on the cervix and magnifies the view for your doctor. Just relax! Everything is going to be fine.
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