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How Unprotected Sex Can Cause Cervical Cancer

Healthline reports that unprotected s£x is a major risk factor for cervical cancer since it raises a woman's likelihood of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV).

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a STI that affects both sexes equally. Most cases of HPV are self-limiting and cause no lasting damage. Cervical cancer is one of the diseases that can be caused by certain forms of HPV. Spread of HPV occurs by direct skin-to-skin contact during all types of s£x, including vaginal, anal, and oral s£x. Although condoms can reduce the risk of contracting HPV, they are not a foolproof method of prevention because the virus can still spread to unprotected places.

In most cases, a woman's immune system will be able to clear HPV from her system after exposure. Cervical cancer can develop if the virus remains latent and triggers aberrant changes in cervix cells. Cervical cancer screening methods, such as the Pap test and the Human Papillomavirus test, can detect these changes over time.

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that may not show any symptoms until it has progressed, highlighting the importance of regular screening exams. Abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, and acheiness when sexing are all possible indications. It is crucial to consult a doctor if you suffer any unexpected symptoms because they may be signs of something else.

Reducing your likelihood of contracting HPV is the first step in preventing cervical cancer. Safe sex behaviours include using condoms, reducing the frequency of sex, and getting the HPV vaccine. Although the HPV vaccine is most effective when given between the ages of 11 and 12, it can be administered to girls up to the age of 26 and to boys up to the age of 21 if they missed out the first time around. The vaccine is quite useful in preventing the most common strains of HPV that lead to cervical cancer.

Being screened for cervical cancer on a regular basis is just as important as limiting your exposure to HPV. Women should begin having Pap tests routinely at age 21, or earlier if they have risk factors such as a compromised immune system or a history of cervical cancer or precancerous lesions, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the Pap test, which can detect abnormal changes in cervix cells, women over the age of 30 can also get tested for HPV.

If abnormalities are found, more testing may be required to establish a diagnosis of malignancy. Depending on the cancer's stage, cervical cancer treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these methods.

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