Should I be worried about a uterine polyp?
ANSWER: It is rare for uterine polyps to be cancerous. If they aren’t causing problems, monitoring the polyps over time is a reasonable approach. If you develop symptoms, such as abnormal bleeding, however, then the polyps should be removed and evaluated to confirm that there is no evidence of cancer.
What size of uterine polyp is dangerous?
The size of polyps may be relevant, and those above 15 mm are thought more like to lead to malignant transformation. However, this is controversial and others Gregoriou et al.69 have found no link between the size of polyps, hypertension, abnormal uterine bleeding and malignant transformation.
What happens if you don’t remove uterine polyps?
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.
Do uterine polyps grow quickly?
After a period, the lining grows rapidly under the influence of hormones like estrogen. Polyps are areas that grow a little too much. As they grow, they usually fan out but remain attached to a small stalk, kind of similar to a bush or a tree.
Should I have my uterine polyps removed?
However, polyps should be treated if they cause heavy bleeding during menstrual periods, or if they are suspected to be precancerous or cancerous. They should be removed if they cause problems during pregnancy, such as a miscarriage, or result in infertility in women who want to become pregnant.
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.
What is the treatment for cancerous uterine polyps?
Instead of making a cut in your belly, they can insert a curette or other surgical tools through your vagina and cervix to take the polyps out. If your polyps have cancer cells, you may need surgery to take out your entire uterus, called a hysterectomy.
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.
How long does it take to recover from polyp removal from the uterus?
Recovery from a polypectomy usually takes about 2 weeks. Patients may feel pain following the procedure, particularly immediately after the procedure.
Can you feel uterine polyps?
Typically, polyps grow to be a few millimeters to a few centimeters. Pedunculated polyps are more common than sessile and can protrude from the uterus into the vagina. Women will typically only feel pain from uterine polyps when this happens.
Can uterine polyps be seen on ultrasound?
Diagnosis. Endometrial polyps can be detected by vaginal ultrasound, hysteroscopy and dilation and curettage, therefore, It is very important to request a vaginal ultrasound during your GYN visit.