As a woman ages, she will face a great number of health concerns that can significantly decrease her quality of living and potentially even endanger her life. At some point, she will need to seek out the help of a urogynecologist, a medical professional who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reproductive surgery, to guide her to answers about these concerns and help her find solutions that will restore her health and bring back her enjoyment for living. One of the common issues a woman might face during the course of her lifetime is the development of cervical polyps.
Though cervical polyps do not always cause noticeable symptoms, the most commonly experienced cervical polyps symptoms include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Abnormal bleeding after menopause
- Heavy bleeding during menses
- Bleeding after the use of douches or after intercourse
- Secretions of white or yellow mucus from the vagina
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So what causes cervical polyps? Unfortunately, the exact cause is unknown; but a variety of things have been linked to their development. Many women discover that they are experiencing cervical polyps symptoms when they suffer from chronic inflammation, have clogged blood vessels in the cervix, or are having some type of abnormal response to an increase in their level of estrogen. To diagnose cervical polyps, a female pelvic exam will need to be conducted, during which the attending physician will see red or purple growths on the cervix that are smooth and fingerlike in their appearance. From there, a cervical biopsy will be performed; and the cells collected will be tested to determine if they are benign, abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous.
Cervical polyps removal is often a simple procedure that can easily be done on an outpatient basis. In the case of smaller polyps, the growths can oftentimes be removed with a gentle twist to disconnect them from the cervix, while larger polyps may require the use of elecrocautery, which uses a heated needle. Once they have been removed, a lab will analyze the polyps.
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