Uterine Polyps

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Knowing the Facts about Uterine Polyps

Author: James Pendergraft

Uterine polyps refer to the excessive growth of cells that are found on the inner wall of the uterus. This is commonly seen in the lining of the uterus or the endometrium layer, which is why it is sometimes referred to as endometrial polyps. Sizes range from a few millimeters to several centimeters. These cells are attached to the uterine wall by a large base or a thin stalk. A woman can have only one uterine polyp but the numbers can increase too. Most uterine polyps remain inside the uterus but there are instances when they can protrude through the opening of the uterus or the cervix and eventually into the vagina.

Signs, Symptoms, and Risk factors

Uterine polyps don't usually manifest any symptoms and so they can be hard to detect. Some of the signs of uterine polyps are:

* Irregular menstrual bleeding like having frequent and unpredictable periods, and these periods have irregular lengths and heaviness

* Bleeding between menstrual periods

* Excessively heavy menstrual periods

* Vaginal bleeding even after menopause

Women have greater risks if they are obese, have high blood pressure, in drug therapy for breast cancer, and if they had or currently have cervical polyps and other vaginal infection.

Diagnosing and Treating Uterine Polyps

If the doctor suspects that you have uterine polyps, he or she will perform a series of test to verify this disease process. These tests are transvaginal ultrasound, hysteroscopy, and curettage.

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* Transvaginal ultrasound. A device will be inserted into the vagina and this will send out sound waves to create an image of the uterus. Most uterine polyps can be visualized using this method.

* Hysteroscopy. This is a form of treatment wherein a thin lighted telescope will be inserted through the vagina and cervix, and then into the uterus. This will allow a complete examination of the uterus and the doctor will be able to remove any uterine polyp when found.

* Curettage. Like the hysteroscopy, this is a form of treatment wherein the doctor will insert a long metal instrument and scrape the walls of the uterus. Any polyp will be removed and a specimen will also be collected for further testing in the laboratory.

Complications

Uterine polyps are not usually cancerous but there are some stages of uterine cancers that may appear as uterine polyps. This is why once the polyp is removed from the uterus, further lab tests are needed to identify if there are cells that are   malignant.

Some say that uterine polyps can lead to infertility. This issue still requires further tests but if a woman has uterine polyps and she's experiencing infertility, the removal of the polyps could boost her fertility.  

The presence of uterine polyps also increases the risks of miscarriage for pregnant women. Women who enter into in vitro fertilization treatment, are generally advised to have uterine polyps removed before conducting any embryo transfer procedure.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/womens-health-articles/knowing-the-facts-about-uterine-polyps-956890.html

About the Author

Florida Orlando abortion clinic . Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women, including Florida Medical abortion clinic, physical examinations, family planning, counseling, laboratory services and sexually transmitted disease screening and counseling.


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10 Responses to Uterine Polyps

  1. mindquest says:

    uterine polyps?
    I was told there are two small polyps found inside my uterine. My doctor said she is going to do a biopsy first. Should I ask for a d&c anyway to remove the polyps totally, or have the biopsy done first to see what the result is?

    • Brenda E says:

      I had the same thing. Have the biopsy first to make sure everything is ok. I had two polyps removed in a simple outpatient procedure after having a biopsy. The most important thing is to make sure that the polyps are not cancerous. Most of the time, they are not, but better safe than sorry.

  2. Clueless says:

    Uterine Polyps?
    If not removed would they become cancerious?
    I just had them removed. I will see the doctor on Jan 18th for a follow up visit. After searching online for information, I really couldn’t find any diffinitive information. Guess if they aren’t found early enough, then they might turn cancerous.

    • samsam says:

      Uterine polyps are extra growths around the uterus that are just more of a pain than anything. If left for many years there is a very tiny chance they may become cancerous due to the dysplastic (unspecific) nature of the cells but this is very very rare. As you’ve had them removed you wont experience anymore problems from them.

  3. Sdj27 says:

    Has anyone had Uterine Polyps removed?
    I have to go for a hysteroscopy next week- a hysterosonogram confirmed that I have Uterine polyps. Does anyone else have experiences they could share with me? Cuz Im freaked out.

    • Blossomo says:

      I did, in January. It was easy. They put you under anesthesia, remove the polyp with a scope (no cutting), and you walk out an hour-90 minutes later. They told me to take some ibuprofen (which was unnecessary) and I was back at work the next day. Don’t freak out – it’s not bad at all.

  4. j, times ticking away!!cmon #3! says:

    has anyone ever had a successful pregnancy with uterine polyps?
    did you know you had uterine polyps before you got pregnant?

  5. Niyah L says:

    Can uterine polyps cause infertility?
    Has anyone ever had problems conceiving a child and found out that they had uterine polyps? If so, did you have them removed and did it help you to get pregnant afterwards?

    • Jassy says:

      I just found out that I have one. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for quite a while now. I’ve been experiencing the symptoms that accompany polyps a few years ago and they’ve been getting worse; premenstrual spotting, painful periods. I would have to get the polyp removed just for the sake of correcting the symptoms let alone infertility. My obgyn said that the polyp can interfere with the sperm being able to swim up to the egg and also prevent implantation of an fertilized egg.

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