Frequent question: Are cervical polyps dangerous?

Should I be worried about a polyp on my cervix?

Polyps on the cervix may not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, see your gynecologist right away if you experience vaginal discharge of white or yellow mucus, or abnormally heavy periods. You should also call your doctor if you experience vaginal spotting or bleeding: after sexual intercourse.

Do cervical polyps need to be removed?

Most polyps are small, about 1 centimeter to 2 centimeters long. Because rare types of cancerous conditions can look like polyps, all polyps should be removed and examined for signs of cancer. The cause of cervical polyps is not well understood, but they are associated with inflammation of the cervix.

Is it normal to have a polyp on your cervix?

These bumps inside your cervix are pretty common. They’re most common in women over age 20 who’ve given birth to more than one child. They’re rare in girls who haven’t started their period. Most cervical polyps are benign (not cancer).

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How often are cervical polyps cancerous?

As mentioned earlier, cervical polyps are benign in most cases, although they may be malignant in 0.2 to 1.5% of the cases. The removal of cervical polyps is a simple procedure with low complications. Women who have previously had polyps are at risk of recurrence.

What does cervical polyp bleeding look like?

Symptoms of Cervical Polyps

Some polyps bleed between menstrual periods or after intercourse. Rarely, polyps become infected, causing a puslike discharge from the vagina. Polyps are usually reddish pink and less than 1/2 inch (about 1 centimeter) in diameter.

How long does it take to recover from cervical polyp removal?

Recovery from a polypectomy usually takes about 2 weeks. Patients may feel pain following the procedure, particularly immediately after the procedure.

What happens after polyp removal from cervix?

You may have some watery discharge or get some light bleeding following the procedure. We recommend that you wear sanitary pads (not tampons) until your next period and avoid sexual intercourse until the discharge stops. If you have had the polyp twisted off the discharge may last up to one week.

Can polyps disappear on their own?

Smaller polyps are often not noticeable, or can go away on their own, but problematic polyps can be treated with medications, non-invasive surgery, and/or lifestyle changes.

Are cervical polyps hard or soft?

Cervical polyps appear smooth, with a red or purple color, and protrude from the cervical canal. If the cervical polyp is larger than expected, your healthcare provider may order a pelvic ultrasound to evaluate the possibility of a prolapsed endometrial polyp or fibroid.

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Can polyps on cervix cause miscarriage?

The presence of cervical polyps and/or polypectomy during pregnancy may have markedly increased the risk of spontaneous miscarriage or PTB. It may be preferable not to perform polypectomy on pregnant patients with cervical polyp, particularly with decidual polyps, except for suspected malignancy [14].

Can you see cervical polyps on ultrasound?

Most polyps can be seen on ultrasound and that is usually the first test done on women who experience abnormal bleeding. Sometimes a hysterosonogram may be required.

Can a polyp block cervix?

Polyps can also cause increased vaginal discharge. Rarely, they grow large enough to block the cervical canal, causing infertility.

What happens if my cervical polyp is cancerous?

If a polyp is cancerous, further treatment is likely to be necessary. The treatment will depend on the type of cancer. Sometimes, cervical polyps may come away from the cervix on their own. This can happen during menstruation or sexual intercourse.

Do cervical polyps continue to grow?

If not removed, a polyp may continue to grow. In a small number of women (between 2 and 15 in every 1000), the polyp may become abnormal and develop into cancer.