How do you prevent cervical polyps?
Takeaway and prevention
Most cases of cervical polyps are not possible to prevent. However, having regular pelvic examinations and Pap smear tests should ensure that doctors can catch any polyps and treat them early on. It is possible that some infections could contribute to cervical polyps developing.
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.
How are cervical polyps treated?
How are they treated? The most common treatment is removal of the polyp during a pelvic exam. This can be done simply by gently twisting the polyp, tying it tightly at the base, or removing it with special forceps. A solution is applied to the base of the polyp to stop any bleeding.
Do cervical polyps bleed all the time?
Approximately half of women with uterine polyps have irregular periods. Other symptoms include prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), bleeding between periods, and bleeding after menopause or sexual intercourse. Uterine polyps are the cause of abnormal bleeding in about 25 percent of these cases.
Are polyps on the cervix common?
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).
What does cervical polyp bleeding look like?
Most cervical polyps do not cause any symptoms. 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. Taking the pain medication the doctor prescribes can help.
How painful is cervical polyp removal?
Having a cervical polyp removed is not painful; however you may feel mild discomfort similar to period pain afterwards. If you are uncomfortable, pain relief will be offered to you. What do I need to do after I go home? You will have some discharge/bleeding which can continue for 2-4 weeks.
Can polyps go away on their own?
“Sometimes they just go away on their own, but removing polyps is thought to be one of the mechanisms by which we can prevent the formation of cancer in the first place.” That’s why regular screening is so important. The downside is that if a polyp is found in your colon, you may have to get screened more frequently.
Can you get pregnant with cervical polyps?
Polyps high up in the cervix can block the opening of the cervix and make it impossible for fertilization to occur. In other cases, the polyp may interfere with the production of cervical mucus. During ovulation, cervical mucus should be thin and slippery to help the sperm on its journey to fertilizing the egg.