Can You Get Pregnant With Cervical Dysplasia?



Cervical dysplasia refers to a condition in which abnormal cells appear on the surface of the cervix. Cervical dysplasia can be severe, moderate, or mild. Cervical dysplasia is considered to be precancerous and, if it is left untreated, cervical dysplasia can often progress into cervical cancer. It can take as long as ten years for cervical cancer to develop from cervical dysplasia. The good news is that, as long as your cervical dysplasia is treated properly and does not advance into cancer, you should have no problem getting pregnant with cervical dysplasia.

In general, having cervical dysplasia is not a concern in terms of getting pregnant. This is especially true if you have had a single incidence of cervical dysplasia. You may, however, be at more of a risk for certain STDs or sexually transmitted infections. Should you have an STD or a sexually transmitted infection, your ability to get pregnant can definitely be impacted by these conditions. Chlamydia is one of the best examples of this type of a situation. Chlamydia tends to be rather symptomless, yet is responsible for a great number of infertility issues.

There are some relatively minor concerns with cervical dysplasia as it relates to pregnancy. In some cases, if you have had repeated biopsies due to cervical dysplasia, it will be possible for your cervix to be shortened by the cervical dysplasia. Even this condition should not prevent you from getting pregnant; however, if you do become pregnant, you will want to discuss the situation with your health care provider. It may be that you will need to have a cerclage during your pregnancy. A cerclage refers to a procedure when a small stitch or suture is placed in your cervix to help it keep closed during pregnancy.





If you have cervical dysplasia but have had problems trying to get pregnant, you should speak with your health care provider. It is likely that some other condition, rather than the cervical dysplasia, is causing those problems. Your health care provider may be able to more accurately diagnose why you are having problems getting pregnant, and help to make a treatment plan.


Last modified: February 10, 2013