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Cervical Polyps

What are Cervical Polyps?

Cervical polyps are small, soft, growths that protrude from the mouth of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) and is often called the neck of the womb.

Your cervix can be seen when you have a pap smear and can be felt when you have an internal examination by a doctor or nurse.

Cervical polyps are very common. They occur most often during pregnancy (because of hormonal changes). You may have 1 polyp or several.

In some cases, cervical polyps can block the cervix and cause problems getting pregnant.

Cervical polyps are non-cancerous.

Symptoms of Cervical Polyps

Small polyps may not produce symptoms. Large polyps often produce symptoms. When symptoms are present, the most common symptoms are:

  • bleeding after intercourse
  • bleeding between periods
  • abnormal, heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle
  • bleeding after menopause
  • watery, bloody discharge from vagina

Can Polyps be Treated?

Large polyps can be removed during a surgical procedure. Regrowth of polyps is uncommon.

Diagnosis of Cervical Polyps

Cervical polyps can be detected through pelvic exams. Sometimes the doctor may remove the growth for laboratory testing.

Complications of Cervical Polyps

If the polyps are surgically removed. An infection may occur after removal.

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