Why do uterine polyps keep coming back?
Risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, or taking tamoxifen to treat breast cancer may increase the chance of developing polyps. Uterine polyps sometimes return after treatment, and additional treatment may be necessary.
How quickly can uterine polyps grow back?
After removal of a polyp, the patient can return to work in a few days. She may notice a little spotting for a few days. Only a small percent of polyps seem to come back, but it is possible that months or years after treatment a polyp might recur.
Can uterine polyps come and go?
Small uterine polyps are often asymptomatic, and can come and go on their own (2, 7). Some untreated polyps, however, may cause symptoms that affect quality of life and can lead to complications such as anemia (20).
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 know if uterine polyps are cancerous?
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.
Is it common for uterine polyps to recur?
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.
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.
Do polyps in uterus go away?
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.
What happens if polyps are not removed?
The most common are hyperplastic and adenomatous polyps. Hyperplastic polyps do not have the potential to become cancerous. However, some adenomatous polyps can turn into cancer if not removed. Patients with adenomatous polyps have an increased chance of developing more polyps.
Can polyps dissolve 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.