Do Uterine Polyps Go Away Their Own

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What exactly is the difference between hysteroscopy snd D&C?
    What is the difference? Can uterine polyps be removed either way? When would a doctor do one over the other to remove polyps?

    • ANSWER:
      I had both because I had uterine polyps.

      A histeroscopy is just the doctor taking a "look" inside your womb with a camera. A D&C is dilation and curettage. The doctor will slightly open your cervix with some rods of slowly increasing size until he can insert instruments inside with which he will scrape away the lining of your womb for examination under a microscrope to see that all is well. In the past it was used as a cure for very heavy periods, but it doesn't work well as the lining soon regrows.

      If you have a D&C it will be done under general anaesthetic probably in the Day Stay Unit, and you will need to take sanitary towels with you because you bleed heavily afterwards. The NHS does supply towels, but they're pretty basic. Take your own. You might need a couple of days off work or school to get over the anaesthetic, and you might get some cramps like a period, but it's a fairly minor procedure. I bled for a month afterwards, but I also had a cone biopsy at the same time, so that might have made things worse.

  2. QUESTION:
    Will my uterine polyps go away on their own?
    My doc said I have endometrial polyps. I was on birth control for the underlying cause of them (hormonal imbalance) for 2 months and it didn't stop the bleeding. I have been bleeding off and on for over 3 months now. I went off the birth control and am still bleeding. Nothing seems to work and I don't want the surgery (d and c). I'm soooo frustrated and don't know what to do. I am 28 years old.

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  3. QUESTION:
    Uterine- Endometrial Polyp ?
    Does Uterine polyp go away on their own with the next period?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately not. You can read here all about the symptoms, treatment, etc.

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&pwst=1&q=Uterine+polyp+more:condition_treatment&cx=disease_for_patients&sa=N&oi=cooptsr&resnum=0&ct=col1&cd=1

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the medical procedure called a D N C?

    • ANSWER:
      It's written as D&C, which means dilatation & curettage.

      It has 2 purpose:-
      Diagnostic & Curative.
      Diagnosis e.g. endometrosis.
      Curative e.g. threatened abortion when bleeding is not stopping and mother's life is in danger.

      D&C stands for dilation (or "dilatation") and curettage -- that is, opening the cervix (dilation) and scraping the inside of the uterus (curettage). It can be done in a doctor's office without anesthesia or in an outpatient surgery center or hospital with epidural, spinal or general anesthesia. When it is done without anesthesia, most women report cramps as the cervix is opened.

      D&C is a common gynecologic procedure that has many uses. For instance, it may be done to diagnose and treat abnormal bleeding, to remove polyps inside the uterus, to complete a miscarriage, or to perform an elective abortion. Depending on the reason it is being done, there may be alternatives. In some cases a D&C is the very best option.

      In the case of abnormal bleeding or bleeding after menopause, the doctor can send a sample of the scraped-away uterine lining to the lab for evaluation; at the same time, the procedure can be very effective at stopping the bleeding. Alternative ways to evaluate the uterine lining are ultrasound (especially saline infusion sonography), endometrial biopsy (kind of like a "mini" D&C), or hysteroscopy (looking inside the uterus with a telescope-like instrument).

      A hysteroscopy can also be done to remove polyps, and that alternative is often much better than a plain D&C because the doctor can look at what he or she is doing. In the case of miscarriage, sometimes a doctor will recommend watchful waiting and allowing the body to pass the tissue on its own; in the case of very heavy bleeding with a miscarriage, often a D&C is the best choice to minimize blood loss.

      Like all procedures, a D&C does have some risks; these include causing bleeding, introducing an infection, and perforating (poking a hole through) the uterus. These complications are not common, but they do happen occasionally. If your doctor recommends a D&C, then you should ask your doctor why, what information it will give, what effects it will be expected to have, what complications it might cause, and what the alternatives are -- along with their good and bad points. Informed consent is required for any and all medical and surgical procedures.

      D&Cs have been performed for eons, and in general they are very safe, with little risk of long-term consequences. Still, each individual and her doctor need to discuss all potential risks and benefits.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is this normal? Two week long periods after LEEP Procedure three months ago?
    Hi everyone. I had LEEP August 31, 2012 and ever since my period has changed from a normal 7 day period to 14 days which consist of 7 days of spotting to a full 7 day period. It has stayed this way for three months now. I saw the doctor who did the LEEP recently for my 3 month follow up pap and he said LEEP does not cause that and asked me all sorts of questions about birth control etc. which I have not taken since 20 years ago. He offered freezing off part of the cervix hoping this will stop the bleeding, but I was too scared to do that as it seems like taking more of my cervix would only make the problem worse since this has only happened since I've had it shaved off in the first place.

    Also, I just turned 41 and in no way am I premenopausal. He acted as if he's never seen this before which only makes me think he did something wrong. When he did the pap, I also bled which never happened before. He told me the cervix has done all the healing its ever going to do, but I told him I'd rather wait another three months and see if things change as the cervix might heal some more.

    Another odd thing is that the cone he took out was completely normal tissue. I don't think I even needed this procedure done and now I have to live with two week long periods. I feel horrible and I just want to cry. I have no answers and I feel lost and neglected.

    Please someone out there tell me if you've experienced the same thing and if it went away on its own and now your periods are normal. I just need some answers. Please help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There can be abnormal bleeding after the procedure, but it would not typically continue into future periods. Read about the procedure here.

      http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/surgery/a/leepprocedure.htm

      And many women are premenopausal at 41. It does not mean that menopause is going to set in tomorrow, as the "pre" stage can last for years. This is actually much more common than you might think. Most irregular periods are benign - nothing to worry about. Missed periods, too frequent periods, spotting, light periods, or bouts of heavy clotting and bleeding are usually caused by an underlying hormonal imbalance that is easily treated.

      A wide variety of factors can be responsible for irregular periods, among them:

      Significant weight gain or loss
      Over-exercise
      Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)
      Smoking
      Drug use
      Caffeine
      Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)
      Eating disorders
      Increased stress
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance
      Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)
      Hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause
      Medications

      Check here for more information.

      http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation/irregularperiods.aspx

  6. QUESTION:
    Abnormally frequent and heavy periods?
    So my best friend has recently been getting very strange periods. She has gotten it three times in the last six weeks...and they've been pretty heavy and lasted for a week. She has it now for the third time, and this one is crazy heavy!
    She stood up, and blood ran down her leg! She fills up a pad in about twenty minutes. She's told her mom, who refuses to take her seriously . Meaning no trips to the doctor any time soon.
    I'm really worried...what could be the cause of this? Is it serious?

    • ANSWER:
      Abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy menstruation or menorrhagia is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance in adolescents during the years following the onset of menstruation, or in women who are approaching menopause.

      Menstruation is often irregular or heavy during these times because, depending on hormonal levels, the ovaries may or may not release an egg. Another common cause of abnormal uterine bleeding is fibroid tumors.

      Other causes of excessive bleeding that one's doctor should consider include:

      * Fibroids
      * Endometriosis
      * Cervical or endometrial polyps
      * Lupus
      * Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      * Cervical cancer
      * Endometrial cancer.

      Women using intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control, may also experience excessive or prolonged periods. If your friend experiences menorrhagia while using an IUD, the IUD should be removed and replaced with an alternative birth control method.

      Heavy bleeding on its own can cause a woman to lose iron and make her anaemic (weak and tired). Some of the causes of heavy bleeding are not very serious and despite the inconvenience of period management do not require treatment.

      Others are more serious and warrant treatment to preserve your friends health. Very rarely, VERY heavy bleeding is a medical emergency.

      If your friend is experiencing heavy bleeding and are concerned, I would recommend that she consults with her doctor/gynaecologist or go to an emergency room right away.

      Keeping a diary of her periods, including the number of pad or tampon changes and occurrences of gushes can be very helpful for her doctor in diagnosing her individual problem.

      Good luck :)

  7. QUESTION:
    do polyps go away naturally on their own?
    my doctor found a uterine polyp in january 2009 after I complained of long periods lasting 2-3 months. She guessed they were caused by a new medication I took and after i got used to the medication the bleeding went away. she never removed the polyps however.
    so, since the bleeding went away, do you think the polyp regressed and went away too?
    I am not really sure if I had any symptoms of a polyp like cramping, bloating, diarrhea because I am overweight and don't notice those things.
    she didn't even check if it was cancerous...and i am having trouble sleeping, i'm very weak (i walked for only one hour carrying just a purse on my shoulder and I had sore shoulders and back for 24 hours after that!!), I regularly have a discharge problem in my underwear, I can't get pregnant, my hair is thinning and i'm only 30!, sometimes have diarhea, i can go a whole day with only eating a bagal and not feel hungary...these all are symptoms of cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Not that I know, and when I had excessive uterine bleeding, my doctor noted small polyps on my cervix, which she removed when doing a D&C.

      I think you should ask your doctor about this, there is a risk that polyps can become malignant.

  8. QUESTION:
    Follistim Dosage IUI?
    My husband have been trying to conceive our first child for almost two years. I am thirty years old. He is 28. We have been together eight years. His sperm count is wonderful

    Before seeing a specialist, my OB had me on five unsuccessful cycles of Clomid. I had an hsg, which the radiologist said was normal. After I began seeing a specialist at RBA in Atanta he told me that my hsg results were not normal. I, in fact, had a subseptate uterus and a uterine polyp.

    I had a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy three months ago to cut off the tip of the uterus and scrape the polyp. At this time my doctor discovered endometriosis on the outside of my uterus and covering on ovary. The endometriosis was lasered away.

    We have been trying for three months since my surgery to conceive naturally. I know all about charting cervical fluid and have become a pro at that, but nothing is working. We are about to start our first IUI cycle. My doctor is starting me on 100 (iu?) of Follistim, with an hcg injection and two inseminations. How should I prepare for my IUI? What should I expect? Does the Follistim dosage sound reasonable? I have seen people prescribed anywhere from 50-225 in my online research. I know there is only a 20% chance of getting pregnant, but is there anyway to improve the odds?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your Follistim dosage sounds very normal. My dosage was 75. Hubby & I tried on our own for quite awhile and Clomid didn't work, so we did IUI with a fertility specialist. It worked on the 2nd try and I am now 4 months pregnant! We did Femara, Follistim and Ovidrel. When you or your hubby give the Follistim shots, take a deep breath and go slow. Look closely at your belly fat and you'll see little patches that look red and ones that look white. The red ones have blood vessels and the white ones are plain fat. Always try to stick yourself in the fat......you don't feel very much that way. I was SO nervous and scared going through IUI the first time, but after it's all said and done, it's not a big deal. The Follistim needle looks long, but it's so tiny and narrow and sharp that usually all you feel is a pin prick. Ovidrel was a different story. That needle was more dull and so it hurt a little going in. But for me, neither of the medications themselves burned at all. Take all this as you will...it's just some opinions from somebody who's been through it before. :)

      As far as the IUI procedure itself, I would say wear a comfortable, loose pair of pants on the day of your appointment. Since ovulation is induced, it can be more painful than usual and you don't want tight clothes. The IUI is uncomfortable, but I didn't find it painful. It only takes a few minutes, and my doctor had me lay down for 10 minutes afterwards to give the sperm a chance to swim around.

      I am not aware of anything, other than injectable meds, to increase your chances with IUI. Just make sure you're seeing a reputable fertility specialist, and not just an OBGYN. OBs dabble in fertility treatments, while specialists deal with it every day.

      Do as much research as you can. Read everything you can get your hands on. And don't be afraid to question your doctor and nurse if there's something you don't understand. Always demand answers. One more thing -- you need to realize there's a chance that IUI may not work, and you have to be willing to either accept that, or be able to move on to IVF if you can. We were prepared to do 4 IUI cycles, and if it didn't work, we were going to quit, knowing we had done all that we physically and financially could. (We had to pay cash, as our insurance doesn't cover fertility treatments.) You need to decide in advance what your physical, emotional and financial limits are.

      Good luck to you and I wish you all the best!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    I am 8 weeks pregnant and overweight, is it safe to lose weight or gain very little?
    I just found out that I am 8 weeks pregnant and very excited!! I am 26 years old, and I my height is 5'3&3/4" and weight is 230lbs with a BMI of 42. I really did not expect to get pregnant because I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Uterine polyps that make it difficult to get pregnant. I assumed that it would take at least 2 years if not longer for my Husband and I to conceive. So I assumed that I had some time to really work on losing weight. But I guess someone had a different plan for us. I am really concerned that I am going to have a tough pregnancy because of my weight level. I would like to know if it would be safe to lose weight during my pregnancy. The nurse that I spoke with yesterday said that they had a women only gain 6lbs during her whole pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy 8lb baby. So I got kind of excited when I heard that. But I know that not everyone can be that lucky. But I was wondering if it safe to purposely try and keep the weight off. Kind of try and transfer the weight from me to my baby. I would also like to know what foods I should or shouldn’t be eating. And what foods I can eat that help maintain a healthy weight level. The nurse yesterday was very vague with the foods. She mainly talked about how much of one food group I should have. So if anyone can give me any information regarding these two questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on you pregnancy!
      It is safe to lose or maintain weigh while pregnant as long as you are doing so healthily.

      First, excercise is a great way to do this and prepares you body for the delivery of your baby. I started walking the outskirts of our town everyday. This took me about 45 minutes in the beginning but I got faster as I got healthier, until about the 7th month I slowed down a bit again. No weight lifting or anything too intense but getting your heart pumping is great for you and the baby.

      As far as foods go, try to limit the amount of caffeine you have. None is ideal but my Dr. told me I could have 2 cups of coffee a day. Obviously no booze but I think you probably already know that. As far as meats go, eat lots of lean white meats such as chicken and turkey. Stay away from most sea foods but salmon is has very low mercury levels and is good for pregnancy. It's high in Omega 3's which promotes the babies brain development. No more than 12 oz per week though. Don't eat red meats more than twice a week which includes pork.

      Lots of proteins are good in your diet. Other than the white meats, eggs are a great source of protein. If you have a problem with cholesterol, just eat the egg whites. I like to make omelette's for breakfast. I use 2 egg whites and I whole egg, then load it up with veggies. Spinach, peppers and onions is one of my favorites.

      Beans are high in fibre and protein. The fibre will help keep you regular which is great because pregnancy slows down you gastrointestinal tract which can cause constipation. Beans are also high in iron, folate, calcium and zinc. All needed to have a healthy baby.

      Make salads with dark leafy greens such as spinach or kale. Add vegetables of all colors to your salads. Each color group you eat from provides it's own list of vitamins and nutrients that you an your baby will need.

      Make sure you are getting enough calcium.

      I only gained 9 lbs from my pregnancy and went home from the hospital after having my son 2 dress sizes smaller than pre-pregnancy.
      I hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    GYN ruptured an ovarian cyst yesterday during my exam, on accident...?
    I have had a lot of female problems within the last couple of yrs. I had a uterine ablation done 4 months ago to remove the polyps from my uterus, I have had a lot of pain since then. I went back to GYN yesterday to find out what's going on, and my Dr did an exam, and it really hurt on the right side. When he was done, he said "you're going to be in a lot of pain today because I think you have ovarian cyst, and I'm pretty sure I just ruptured one of them while I was feeling it." I have to go back today at 2 for an ultrasound to find out exactly what it was. I was just wondering of anyone had any education or knowledge on ovarian cyst? I had one before when I was like 12, and I know it had to be removed surgically, but I don't remember the details because that was a long time ago. Do they just go away on their own? Some advice please? Thanks!

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  11. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer? How do I made my doctors listen?
    I am 32, history of ovarian cysts, and severe menstrual bleedingthat lasts for 8-10 days. Started having a lot of other issues 2 years ago, like bloating, and other digestive issues. Went to the GI doctor, nothing. All paps have come out normal, but still having painful intercourse, bleeding, and clear discharge with blood in it. I also had bladder surgery a year ago due to incontinence issues, which is starting all over again! On top of that, having lower back pain that doesn't go away, and pelvic pain and pressure. The pressure is constant, but the pain comes and goes, unless I have sex with my husband, then I'm bleeding and sore and miserable for days afterward. Have never been able to use tampons, and also have alternating constipation and diahrea. Was misdiagnosed with PCOS and underwent HRT for a year, am also anemic now. All of this points to ovarian cancer, does it not? So how do I can my GYN to listen to me??? I have 2 autistic kids to take care of, please help!
    Have also become extremely fatigued lately although I'm taking plenty of Iron.
    And appetite has decreased, kinda. When I do eat, I am only able to eat very little, but finding becoming less hungry each day. I eat, but only because I know I have to.

    • ANSWER:
      Change doctors. You can ask your GYN for a referral to see another doctor for a second opinion. Or you can change doctors on your own.
      Ovarian cancer, yes, these are all signs that indicate it. They also indicate other things like Bowel Cancer, or Colorectal Cancer, these are the extreme ofcourse. You can have enometrial cancer, uterine cancer and even cervical cancer even though your paps have all come out ok. They are not 100% accurate all the time and sometimes, the cancer can grow from the inside of the cervix and if the culture didn't scrape the area of the cervix or the vaginal wall it wouldn't find the cells with cancer. Have you pushed for a CA-125 test? Not that this test gives a diagnosis, but it be used as a guide within the diagnosing process.
      Have you had a Laproscopy? I ask because this will allow your doctors to see pretty much everything in this area. They can detect endometriosis and polyps on the outside of the intestines. You have to keep going to the doctor and make them listen. This can also be a very rare form of cancer that they treat as ovarian cancer and I forget the name something like peritineal cancer... don't quote me on that. But this shows up with all the signs of ovarian cancer and is even treated the same way, but is in the stomach I think.... it wouldn't be detected through a transvaginal ultrasound, but a lap would diagnose it.
      I want to say, I am sorry you are going through all of this. Go to a different doctor and ask your PCP to refer you to a different GYN, push for the ultrasound and CA-125 and a Lap because you shouldn't have to live like this without finding relief.
      God Bless and please please keep going and push... take someone with you if you must and have them advocate for you.

      Take Care!

  12. QUESTION:
    i really need to know whats wrong with me down there. im getting so sick of the problems. please help!?
    ive been having problems with my lady parts for months now. from painful sex to bleeding to excessive discharge to itchiness and just overall pain. i just went to my gyno like a month ago to see if there was anything wrong. she called a week after checkup and said i had bacterial vaginosis. which at the time was nothing like my symptoms. i was bleeding and felt a lot of pain. but she gave me perscription pills which i..kinda forgot about. i just started taking them yesterday because lately my symptoms have changed a bit and im really getting sick of having issues down there.

    im itchy down there. it burns a little when i pee. it hurt when i have sex. and sometimes i bleed afterwards. and whats weird is (and this is what makes me question a yeast infection) my discharge is crusty in my underwear. yes i change my underwear everyday. sometimes twice a day and almost immediatley it looks crusty..

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of all vaginal infections can be very similar - most infections have symptoms of burning when urinating, itching, and discharge that can be crusty; in fact, sometimes bacterial vaginosis has a tendency to produce crustier discharge than a yeast infection (a yeast infection will tend to produce very thick, white creamy discharge that very often doesn't dry out or become crusty). Everything you're describing could be BV, but then, it could also be something more serious.

      If a vaginal infection (no matter whether it's bacterial or yeast) has gone on long enough and gotten severe enough, it can certainly result in pain during sex, and bleeding afterward!

      However, it's also possible that some of the symptoms you're having could be due to endometriosis, cervical problems (dysplasia or cancer, which would be really rare), endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), cervical or uterine polyps, fibroids, or something called adenomyosis. Once the infection is under control, if you still have symptoms, you may want to follow up with your gyno again to check for some of these other issues (if she didn't do that already).

      Your symptoms could just as easily indicate an STD, such as Trichomoniasis (which can be transmitted even if you use condoms) or Chlamydia or Gonorrhea. All three of these have symptoms that you're describing.

      Burning during urination could also be due to a urinary tract infection, so I'd recommend checking that out as well.

      When you visit the gyno, and you mention you're having these symptoms, they typically test for everything I've mentioned here, so I'm assuming your gyno already did that at the last exam, and didn't find anything else wrong. The fact that your gyno diagnosed a bacterial infection after an exam means that's probably exactly what it is; the tests they do to distinguish different infections from each other (STDs, yeast, bacterial vaginosis) are VERY reliable. However, since it's been a month, it's entirely possible you may have also developed a yeast infection, STD, or UTI (or all three). Once you have bacterial vaginosis, it kind of pre-disposes you to other infections, so it's not uncommon to have several things going on at once. It's also possible the infection progressed to a more dangerous or serious level...

      Vaginal infections don't go away on their own! Unless you treat them with medication, they will continue to get worse over time, which can cause serious problems with your cervix and vaginal tissue, and those serious complications may not be reversible later on, so it's important to get it treated ASAP!! Certain vaginal infections can even cause something called PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which causes a high fever and can be fatal as well, kind of like toxic shock syndrome. Take all the pills even if it seems to improve before they're done; if it doesn't improve 100%, you may need another course of treatment, so get back to the doctor!

      And make sure you DO NOT have sex while you have an infection! In fact, you should wait to have sex for seven days after all the symptoms have gone away! If you do, you can pass the infection to him. Men can bet bacterial and yeast infections, but they don't usually show symptoms, they become carriers. This means that they can continue to re-infect you, over and over, until they get treated. So if you've been having sex with a vaginal infection (even if you've been using condoms) you need to get him treated or you'll keep getting the infection over and over. He may end up getting serious complications years later as well.

      Get back to your doctor; make sure you didn't develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or something more serious by letting the infection go untreated for so long. She may need to also re-check you for STDs, yeast, and UTIs.

      Good luck; hope you feel better!

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