Can uterine polyps be left untreated?
Small polyps may cause no symptoms at all and can go away on their own (2, 7). In other cases, untreated polyps may cause symptoms that affect quality of life and can carry a small chance of becoming cancerous (3, 8).
What happens if uterine polyps are not removed?
Uterine polyps, once removed, can recur. It’s possible that you might need to undergo treatment more than once if you experience recurring uterine polyps. If the polyps are found to contain precancerous or cancerous cells, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may become necessary.
What are the chances that a uterine polyp is cancerous?
Conclusions: The risk of endometrial cancer in women with endometrial polyps is 1.3%, while cancers confined to a polyp were found in only 0.3%. The risk is greatest in postmenopausal women with vaginal bleeding.
Should I worry about uterine polyps?
ANSWER: It is rare for uterine polyps to be cancerous. If they aren’t causing problems, monitoring the polyps over time is a reasonable approach. If you develop symptoms, such as abnormal bleeding, however, then the polyps should be removed and evaluated to confirm that there is no evidence of cancer.
Should all uterine polyps be removed?
However, 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, such as a miscarriage, or result in infertility in women who want to become pregnant.
Do uterine polyps grow quickly?
If a woman does not become pregnant, this lining sheds, causing a menstrual period. After a period, the lining grows rapidly under the influence of hormones like estrogen. Polyps are areas that grow a little too much.
Can uterine polyps fall out on their own?
In premenopausal women, polyps often go away on their own and may require no additional treatment if you are not having symptoms and have no other risk factors. In some cases, uterine polyps are precancerous and need to be removed.
Do polyps cause weight gain?
So far, there is still no scientific evidence that proves uterine polyps can cause weight gain. But since it makes your lower abdomen swell, it can give the appearance that you’re getting fat. Hence the misconception that uterine polyps can cause women to gain weight. But, don’t worry.
Do polyps grow back?
Once a colorectal polyp is completely removed, it rarely comes back. However, at least 30% of patients will develop new polyps after removal. For this reason, your physician will advise follow-up testing to look for new polyps. This is usually done 3 to 5 years after polyp removal.
What to expect after a uterine polypectomy?
You may have increased cramping and vaginal bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. You may experience gas pains for about a day or so due to gas administered during the procedure. This may extend into your upper abdomen and shoulder. Walking will help relieve this pressure.