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Question: Folic Acid and HPV


 caramel87 - Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:12 pm

I was just recently diagnosed with LSIL and HPV. My doctor prescribed Folic Acid (1mg/day). A biopsy was done and came back negative but still positive for HPV. I've read that this is a vitamin, so can it can help me and do I need some other sort of treatment? Will HPV clear on its own? Is there anything else I can do since I would like to have children in the future (I'm in my early 20's)?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:49 am

User avatar Hello,
You should discuss the recommendation with your doctor. There is no cure for HPV but sometimes treatment is done including removal of warts if they are present, but they may disappear on their own if untreated. Other than that, it is important to have regular follow-up visits with your doctor since HPV can be a precursor to cancer. Regular pap tests are important because early treatment of cancer is associated with the best success.

Folic acid use is recommended for all women, especially those who are sexually active because it can prevent birth defects if adequate stores are present at the time of conception. Your doctor may just be recommending overall good health plans for future concerns. A multivitamin containing at least 400 mcg folate or folic acid will accomplish the same objective. If your doctor has other reasons for prescribing this, you will have to ask to find out the intent.

Best wishes.

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