Cervical polyps are usually non cancerous growth on the cervix.
Cervical polyps may not cause any symptoms. If they are symptomatic then they may include:
- Discharge which can be foul-smelling if there is an infection
- Intermenstrual bleeding [bleeding between periods]
- Menorrhagia [heavy periods]
- Postcoital bleeding [bleeding after intercourse]
- Post menopausal bleeding [bleeding after the menopause]
Most polyps are small, about 1 to 2 centimetres long. Because rare types of cancer can look like polyps, all polyps should be removed and examined for signs of cancer.
It is advisable to have a pelvic scan to rule out any more polyps within the uterus which may also require treatment.
Cervical polyps are removed surgically.
Large polyps and polyp stems that have a broad base usually need to be removed during an operation under local or general anaesthesia.