What happens if you leave a uterine polyp?
Uterine polyps, once removed, can recur. It’s possible that you might need to undergo treatment more than once if you experience recurring uterine polyps. If the polyps are found to contain precancerous or cancerous cells, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may become necessary.
Can uterine polyps be left untreated?
Small polyps may cause no symptoms at all and can go away on their own (2, 7). In other cases, untreated polyps may cause symptoms that affect quality of life and can carry a small chance of becoming cancerous (3, 8).
When should I worry about uterine polyps?
Symptoms of Uterine Polyps
Talk to your doctor if you notice: Irregular periods, when you can’t predict their timing, length, or heaviness. Heavy periods. Bleeding or spotting between periods.
What does a uterine polyp look like when it comes out?
Cervical polyps are growths that usually appear on the cervix where it opens into the vagina. Polyps are usually cherry-red to reddish-purple or grayish-white. They vary in size and often look like bulbs on thin stems. Cervical polyps are usually not cancerous (benign) and can occur alone or in groups.
Do uterine polyps grow quickly?
If a woman does not become pregnant, this lining sheds, causing a menstrual period. After a period, the lining grows rapidly under the influence of hormones like estrogen. Polyps are areas that grow a little too much.
Can polyps disappear on their own?
In premenopausal women, polyps often go away on their own and may require no additional treatment if you are not having symptoms and have no other risk factors. In some cases, uterine polyps are precancerous and need to be removed.
Do uterine polyps cause weight gain?
So far, there is still no scientific evidence that proves uterine polyps can cause weight gain. But since it makes your lower abdomen swell, it can give the appearance that you’re getting fat. Hence the misconception that uterine polyps can cause women to gain weight. But, don’t worry.
How do you shrink uterine polyps?
Medication. Some hormonal medications such as progestins and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists can help to shrink a uterine polyp and lessen symptoms. Medication is typically a short-term solution – symptoms often recur after patients stop taking the drugs.
Can uterine polyps cause tiredness?
Occasionally, they cause infertility. Fatigue is associated with uterine fibroids, but it is important to realize that this is simply because they can result in heavy menstrual bleeding.
How bad is uterine polyps?
Specialized Care for Uterine Polyps
Uterine, or endometrial, polyps grow from the uterus wall into the cavity and can be as small as a sesame seed or larger than a golf ball. Most uterine polyps are benign (noncancerous) but, in rare cases, can be or become malignant (cancerous).