Endometrial Polyps: Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.
Home to a team of leading professionals in the field of reproductive health, Maiden Lane Medical is here to offer only the highest standard of consultation, diagnoses, and treatment of Endometrial Polyps.
With locations in Downtown, Midtown, Soho, and Upper East Side New York, a Maiden Lane Medical clinic is always near.
What are endometrial polyps?
Endometrial polyps are small, delicate growths that can sometimes form on the inside of the womb, or uterus. The small growths are formed from the tissues of the uterus lining, the endometrium, thus the name ‘endometrial polyps’
Endometrial polyps can vary greatly in size, from smaller than a grain of rice, to as big as a golf ball. Many sufferers will experience multiple growths at a time.
One of the biggest concerns women with endometrial polyps have is wondering if their growths are cancerous. While some growths that form on the uterus lining can be cancerous, most uterine polyps are not. Luckily, if any growths show potential to be cancerous, Maidan Lane Medical has many reliable ways of
finding and removing them.
Health professionals are not 100% concluded on the exact causes of endometrial polyps. However, most studies point towards shifts in certain hormone levels that happen as a part of the menstrual cycle.
Every month a woman’s estrogen levels should rise and fall, triggering the endometrium (uterus lining) to thicken and then shed. This commonly presents itself as a ‘period’. Endometrial polyps usually form as a result of a lining overgrowth.
Age can also play a part in the likelihood of forming endometrial polyps. While they can develop at any age, they a more likely to present themselves in women in their 40’s or 50’s. Being overweight, having high blood pressure, and taking some medications have also been shown to increase the risk of polyp formation.
The Symptoms of endometrial polyps are not universal and can vary greatly from one individual to the next. The severity of symptoms can be affected by the size and location of the polyps, although some individuals (regardless of polyp size) may find that they show no symptoms whatsoever.
- Irregular or infrequent periods
- Particularly heavy periods
- ‘Spotting’ between cycles.
- Bleeding after menopause
- Difficulty getting pregnant
How are endometrial polyps diagnosed?
If you are suspected of having endometrial polyps after an initial consultation with your doctor, you will have to go through further examination in order to confirm. There are a number of different tests that can be used to determine endometrial polyps, and sometimes the polyps may be able to be removed in the process. Diagnosis can be achieved by utilizing the following:
1. Transvaginal ultrasound.
How are endometrial polyps treated?
Vigilant waiting. Sometimes endometrial polyps will not need any invasive treatment and will simply go away on their own. Your doctor will advise you on whether or not vigilant waiting is a suitable course of action.
Medications. Some medications, called progestins, can be used to help control your hormone levels, which can shrink polyps, ease symptoms, and make them easier to remove. Medications are a good option for management, but symptoms will usually return after the course of medication has stopped.
Surgery. While an invasive method that requires both a preparation and recovery period, surgically removing endometrial polyps is the most thorough approach. Polyps can be removed at the same time as diagnoses and uses techniques that will not leave any external scaring.
If your polyps are found to be cancerous, it might be necessary to undergo a hysterectomy in which the entire uterus is removed.
Should you worry if you have endometrial polyps?
The majority of endometrial polyps are not cancerous; however, like many growths, they do have the potential to develop into cancer over time. The risk of cancer is higher if you have already gone through menopause.
The symptoms of uterine cancer are very similar to that of uterine polyps, so it is advised to consult your doctor as early as possible should any abnormalities present themselves. Another worry of endometrial polyps is the potential of infertility. If left unmanaged, polyps can make getting pregnant harder and make you more likely to miscarry, so it is essential to get a full reproductive health check if you are trying.
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Endometrial polyps are common and can present adverse symptoms and fertility issues if left unmanaged.
Make an appointment at one of our Maiden Lane Medical centers today if you are concerned about endometrial polyps, or have any other queries regarding your general health and wellbeing.
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