healthtalksTV : cervical dysplasia – why you can’t just ‘remove’ the abnormal cervical cells & think it’s over.

Here’s yet another topic I love talking about – cervical dysplasia. Because of course – fertility isn’t limited to babies. It extends to all areas of your reproductive wellness and your cervix most certainly included.

Today we get into why it is so very important to understand that abnormal cell changes in the cervix is just another little ‘note’ your body is sending you and why if you have had an abnormal pap smear, there are certain things you might like to consider to get your lady parts healthy. Above all – understanding that by removing abnormal cell growth is simply removing the evidence – lifestyle changes must be made in order for long term health free from cervical cancer.

It’s just another way we here at healthtalks want to help you navigate toward maximum wellness. Press play and learn more.


Have you had an experience like mine with abnormal pap smears? I’d love to hear about your experience. And as always, share and share BIG!


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10 Responses to “healthtalksTV : cervical dysplasia – why you can’t just ‘remove’ the abnormal cervical cells & think it’s over.”

  1. Lauren

    Thank you so much for this ladies! I had abnormal cells a few years ago which were monitored, and eventually progressed to CIN 2. I then had a procedure (under general anaesthetic) to remove the abnormal cells with a laser. I have had many Pap smears and colposcopies, if my Pap smear is clear next month I can go back to having them every two years. Looking back I realise how much stress I was under at the time and how poor my diet was. I’ve since made a massive effort to look after myself inside and out, have cleaned up my diet and will hopefully never see an abnormal result again! Thank you for talking about this issue, there needs to be more information like this out there!! 🙂

  2. Aimee

    Thanks for this Nat, I’m currently being monitored at the moment with six monthly colposcopies, however I just had a mid six-month pap smear which came back NORMAL yay! When I first got abnormal cells I was smoking, working 60 hours a week, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol regularly and basically abusing my body. Now I work 35 hours a week, have been cigarette free for 5 months, no longer binge drink, am generally stress free and try to eat healthily and am hoping my next colposcopy will come back clear! 🙂 xx

  3. Tory

    Hi ladies,

    Thank you for this!

    I had my first abnormal smear test when I was 18. I was in a stressful relationship and unsure what I wanted to do when I left school. I had high grade abnormal cells so I had the laser procedure under local anaesthetic (I don’t recommend this, if I had my time again I would go general!). I am now 27 and since then have had 4 abnormal smear tests and 5 colposcopies. Everytime my smear comes back abnormal I can pin point it to what has caused it. Diet, stress and lack of exercise. Everytime my smear has come back normal (I get them every 6 months) I have been stress free, eating well and happy. We are all different but it is a clear cause in my case. I might be a slow learner but now my health comes first and I am trying to eat all organic and nourish myself as Lola would say. As you guys said it is eliminating the stresses and bad diet choices.

    Thank you ladies.

  4. Belinda

    Thank you so much ladies, I know I need to listen to my body, I am getting a range of signs indicating that things are not quite right. I am curious to know what you think about colposcopies and if you think they are invasive, or is it a safe precautionary diagnostic tool? Thanks

  5. Gabriella

    I love this topic and I believe more women need to get informed. I had CIN 3 about 4 years ago and with the help of my naturopath (and lots of discipline on my part) I reversed CIN 3 back to normal healthy cells in 5 months. I even met a girl who had Stage 1 cervical cancer who reversed it in 5 months. It can be done. My gyno didn’t care about my results which I think is sad and frustrating and made me question his motives (is it all just about money, he has a business to run!) I even told a gyno once on a plane to Singapore (I happened to be sitting next to one) and she said I must have the numbers wrong, it’s not possible to reverse CIN3. I spread my message all the time, too many women have had needless surgery that doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. Thanks for discussing this topic Nat 🙂

    • claire

      Finally I have found some helpful info and discussion on this topic. I was diagnosed with CIN 3 over a year ago & have been doing my own research on alternative treatments as I was only given the option of an invasive leep procedure. I am hoping my next pap will come back normal.

  6. Lucy

    Hi Nat, I’m new to your blog and really enjoying what I’ve read / listened to so far. So much so, I’ve already purchased one of your e-books! Although I’ve never had an abnormal smear, I have had problems with mid-cycle bleeding. Around 4 years ago it got so bad that I stopped trying to ignore it (though it was a huge inconvenience and more importantly impacted on my sex life with my husband) and sought professional advice. What followed were many pap smears, a hysteroscopy and colposcopy which resulted in the diagnosis of erosion of the cervix. Both my GP and the specialist settled on the conclusion that the pill was causing the erosion and whilst it was not harming me, the bleeding would only continue for as long as I took the pill. The erosion was cortorised and I went on my merry way, I realise now that this was a sign to finish with the pill once and for all (I’d already been taking it for 10 years at this point) however I simply wasn’t armed with the facts I am today and decided that it was the best thing to stick with it until my husband and I decided to start trying for a family. 6 months later and the bleeding returned, this got steadily worse and worse until I again sort medical advice. By this time I’d moved over from the UK to Australia and so was interested to find out if the findings would differ. Sure enough, the advice I received was that the pap smear was normal and the pill was to blame. At this point I thought enough is enough and after speaking with some friends and doing some research I came off the pill. This was a year ago I haven’t looked back, in fact I wish I’d done it sooner. Contraception was an issue at first but we chose to go au natural and listen to my body – it worked. Slowly my cycles got back to normal (35 days), I did still having some spotting in between cycles but figured this would sort itself out with time. Then…disaster struck! The month we started trying for a baby coincided with a European trip, lots of travelling, lots of emotions seeing family and, I guess, some stress. Two days after arriving in the UK my period arrived one week early, not unusual given my time off the pill plus I was happy that I was back to a 28 day cycle. The problem is I’ve had bleeding every day since then (6 weeks). This has meant no trying for a baby. I’m trying to remain calm about it, I’ve read a lot of research about the pill and how much it can mess up your body and hormones, the usual factor being most women not getting their monthly cycle after coming off it. Mine is the opposite – too much bleeding. Yesterday I had some blood tests and an internal ultra-sound, everything is normal and so I’m now being referred for a colposcopy which is something I really don’t want to do, It’s invasive and painful plus it will put back my baby making plans. My plan is to eat clean, exercise and see how I go over the next few weeks. I’m not looking for a right or wrong answer from you but your comments/thoughts on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Ginny

    I had a CN3 abnormal cells and had a colposcopy to take off part of my cervix 1o yrs ago. I was in a really stressful job teaching special needs kids. They said I have the HPV virus and when you are unwell or highly stressed it will cause havoc in your body. 10 years on and smears every 2 years, 2 healthy boys later and I am clear…

  8. Shara

    Having had several colposcopies over 4 years it is good to see awareness being brought forward about this (even if I am behind the 8 ball in finding it). My ob/gun was stern about steering clear of second hand smoke, eating fresh foods and exercising. He emphasised stress reduction as playing a vital role in hindering the virus’ ability to create changes. It took 3 years and a baby but I have finally achieved a healthy weight and much less stressful lifestyle. Many thanks for speaking up about an incredibly common women’s health issue and I can only hope others take the advice you give.