Here are all the facts you need to know.
HPV is a common virus and there are more than 100 strains of this virus that affect human beings. Some strains are considered high risk for women as they can lead to cervical cancer. HPV most commonly affects the genitals as it is a sexually transmitted disease. The virus can affect both men and women. Sometimes, the virus does not produce any HPV symptoms and it may get unnoticed for several years.
HPV can cause cervical cancer because some strains produce changes in the cells of the cervix. This condition is known as cervical dysplasia. If it is not addressed on time, it can lead to cervical cancer. HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer but it does not mean that if a woman has HPV she will suffer from cervical cancer. Women should go for regular Pap tests for early diagnosis and protection. The test helps in the detection of pre-cancerous cells which can be managed easily. If high-risk cells are not found on pap screening then a woman is not at a high risk of cervical cancer. Most women should go for a pap screening at least after every 5 years. Cervical cancer can develop at any age but it occurs commonly in women after 40 years.
How to prevent HPV infection or transmission?
Some ways to prevent HPV infection or transmission are given here:
- The best way to prevent HPV infection is to avoid any sexual contact including oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
- Young people are at a greater risk of acquiring infection if they are exposed to the virus. People in the age group of 15-25 are at high risk.
- Another way of reducing the risk of getting an infection is to avoid having multiple partners. Having more partners means more exposure to the HPV virus. Even a single partner who is exposed to HPV can infect you. Therefore, more partners mean greater risk.
- If you are sexually active, it is best to use condoms for lowering the risk of HPV infection. Avoid practicing unsafe sex. HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
- It is studied that adopting a healthy lifestyle helps to boost your immune system and may help in protecting you from getting infected.
- Early screening and testing can help to prevent complications in women. Undetected HPV infection can put women at risk of developing high-risk abnormal cells or cancers. Therefore, women should go for regular screening or testing for early detection of any abnormal cells.
What are my treatment options for HPV?
The conventional treatment for HPV includes antiviral medications. The doctor may prescribe a topical cream for visible genital warts. Women are suggested to undergo surgery for the removal of cancerous cells. Moreover, these treatments have a lot of side effects when taken regularly, so they are advised only when you have an outbreak of lesions. So, when you have lesions or warts, you take antiviral and the virus gets subdued for a temporary phase. The virus can become active again and you need to take the same treatment again. Thus, antiviral is not a permanent cure for HPV as they may recur even if a single virus escapes the treatment.
Traditional treatments for HPV symptoms include herbs, homeopathic therapies, and nutritional supplements. Natural treatments for HPV symptoms help to bring back balance and boost the immune system. Click here to discuss natural treatments with a doctor for free www.biogetica.com
Natural treatments for HPV symptoms
You can try Biogetica’s natural remedies and follow a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating lots of raw fruits-vegetables, and quitting smoking/alcohol; all these steps will help your body get rid of HPV infections more easily.
Hypericum mysorense: This herb has been tested for its immune-boosting and antiviral properties. It is believed that this herb is the best one to boost your immune system.
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Thuja occidentalis: Thuja, which is commonly known as Arbor Vitae or White Cedar is considered an excellent natural remedy for stimulating the antibody cells that work against infected cells in the body.
Echinacea: The root of the herbal plant can increase the production of lymphocytes, a type of WBC that helps attack and kill the deadly HPV.
AHCC: AHCC boosts the immune system and helps in suppressing cancer-forming cells.
You can make lifestyle changes for reducing the risk of HPV infection:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables for boosting your immune system. Eating a healthy diet will help your body to combat the infection.
- Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy. Mild to moderate exercise also helps to strengthen your body system.
- Avoid alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking for reducing the risk of getting an infection.
- Avoid unprotected sex with your partner. Though condoms do not provide 100 percent protection still you can avoid the risk of infection by using a condom with every sexual act.
- Avoid having multiple partners for reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like HPV.
- Take enough sleep for keeping your body healthy.
- Avoid stress and anxiety and do meditation to keep your mild cool and calm.
Home Remedies that may help you are:
You may take thuja oil and tea tree oil with a carrier oil (can be extra virgin coconut oil). This mixture can be applied to warts as both these oils possess natural antimicrobial properties.
You may apply milk from the cut end of the dandelion to warts, as it is believed to be useful in warts.
Great sex life after HPV is possible, but you need to feel you deserve it. Look after your general health, reach out for support, arm yourself with information, and take your diagnosis one step at a time. It will help prevent HPV from taking your sex life hostage.