Cervical polyps are growths on the cervical canal, the passage that connects the uterus to the vagina.
About two out of three women who have cervical polyps don’t have symptoms. Doctors normally find these growths during a Pap test or other procedure. If you do have symptoms, they may include:
- Periods that are heavier than usual
- Bleeding after sex
- Bleeding after menopause
- Bleeding between periods
- Vaginal discharge, which may stink due to infection
- Cervical infections
- Chronic inflammation
- An abnormal response to the hormone estrogen
- Clogged blood vessels near the cervix
If your doctor finds cervical polyps during a routine pelvic exam and Pap smear, she’ll probably take a sample of the tissue (biopsy) and send it to the lab to make sure it’s not cancer..She’ll probably remove them at that time. She’ll use a tool called a polyp forceps to gently twist the growth off your cervix.You might bleed and cramp just a little during or after the procedure. Most cervical polyps are benign, cause no problems, and don’t come back once they’re removed.
An over-the-counter pain medication like Ovral- L or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can relieve the pain. These are stops the bleeding also.