AANP and INM Release FAQ on How Naturopathic Doctors Treat HPV
The Most Common STI, According to the CDC
The CDC says, “HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection” in the U.S. today.[iii] The majority of those who have the HPV infection are young adults, in the late teens to early 20’s age group. It’s estimated 40% of women and about 45% of men in the U.S. have some form of HPV infection.
A Holistic Approach to Cervical Health
The FAQ notes research that has linked HPV infection and cervical cancer to poor nutrition, vitamin deficiencies and smoking. It also covers the relationship between HPV and cervical dysplasia and how naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach to health care and work with their patients to prevent disease. For example, the FAQ notes, in many cases the body can heal an HPV infection causing the cervical cells to return to normal.
Screening is an important element in protecting a woman’s health. Although naturopathic doctors may offer less invasive treatment alternatives to conventional therapies, they still follow the guidelines set by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for screening. This includes recommended Pap Smear and HPV tests as well as additional simple tests to identify other potential areas of infection.
Upon diagnosis, most conventional doctors will recommend one of four treatment options. A naturopathic doctor can offer a wide variety of options. Following the principles of naturopathic medicine and the Therapeutic Order, they will work with the patient to customize a treatment plan that uses scientifically supported non-invasive therapies and treatments to eliminate the infection. This could include safe botanical therapies or more localized treatments, each determined on a case-by-case basis.
For more details or to learn more about risk factors for cervical dysplasia and HPV, and some ways naturopathic doctors can treat this sexually transmitted infection, check out the FAQ or speak with a naturopathic doctor in your area.
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