Uterine polyps are growths that occur in the endometrium inner lining of the uterus. For that reason, they are sometimes called endometrial polyps. Overgrowth of cells in the lining of the uterus leads to the formation of uterine polyps, also known as endometrial polyps. These polyps are usually noncancerous, although some can be cancerous or can eventually turn into cancer. It could also lead to other health complications if left untreated. Look out for the signs and consult immediately.
Signs and symptoms of Uterine Polyps include:
- Irregular Menstrual Bleeding
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Excessive or heavy menstrual periods
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Pain during periods
Uterine polyps are more likely to develop in women who are between 40 and 50 years old than in younger women. Uterine polyps can occur after menopause but rarely occur in women under 20 years old.
What Causes Uterine Polyps?
The exact reason that polyps form is unknown, but swings in hormone levels may be a factor.
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, or result in infertility in women who want to become pregnant. If a polyp is discovered after menopause, it should be removed.
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