DESCRIPTIONCervical erosion is a condition in which the lining of the uterus spreads to cover the tip of the cervix. This abnormally placed tissue is more likely to become inflamed or infected. It is not cancerous. The cervix and uterus lining are involved. This condition occurs only in adolescent and adult females.
Appropriate health care includes:
Minor surgery to cauterize or freeze the cervix (if a Pap smear is normal). Surgery is often done without anesthesia in the doctor's office or an out-patient surgical facility.
Conization of the cervix (See Glossary) or hysterectomy if a Pap smear is not normal.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMSNo symptoms (usually).
Increased mucus discharge from the vagina (sometimes).
Unexplained vaginal bleeding (sometimes).
Usually unknown, but may accompany pregnancy, childbirth, or the use of oral contraceptives.
Repeated vaginal infections.
PREVENTING COMPLICATIONS OR RECURRENCECannot be prevented at present.
Medical history and physical exam--including pelvic examination--by a doctor.
Pap smear (See Glossary).
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONSOccasionally precedes cancer of the cervix.
This disorder is usually curable with treatment. Allow 3 months for the cervix to return completely to normal. Cervical erosion frequently recurs.
Your daughter should not douche unless instructed to by her doctor.
Obtain medical treatment for any vaginal infection your daughter may also have.
Encourage your daughter to use pads instead of tampons during menstruation.
MEDICATIONYour doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics or topical antibiotics to apply to the cervix.
See Medications section for information regarding medicines your doctor may prescribe.
After treatment (except following a hysterectomy), your daughter can resume normal activity and sexual relations immediately.
DIET & FLUIDS
No special diet.
OK TO GO TO SCHOOL?When appetite returns and alertness, strength, and feeling of well-being will allow.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
Your daughter has symptoms of cervical erosion.
The following occurs after treatment:
--Pain with intercourse or bleeding afterward.
--Vaginal bleeding between periods.
New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects.