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Cervical polyps

A polyp is a growth of tissue from either the outside of the cervix (neck of the womb) or inside the cervical canal (the passageway between the vagina and the womb). Polyps are usually benign (not cancerous) and can be removed quite easily.

Often polyps don’t cause any symptoms and may only be found during a routine gynecological examination. Symptoms that can occur include bleeding after sexual intercourse, bleeding between periods, bleeding after menopause or vaginal discharge.

Though polyps are generally benign, removal is still recommended if they are found. There are several reasons removing cervical polyps is recommended:

• They can be tested for malignancy (about 1% of polyps are found to be cancerous),
• Relief of symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding
• They can make it difficult to perform pap smears and VIA
• If left, polyps can continue to grow.

Removal of a polyp is a quick and simple procedure and can be performed at a Marie Stopes International clinic by a trained doctor. The polyp is removed using a special pair of forceps and cryotherapy is then applied, a process of using gas at subfreezing temperatures on a localized area to destroy the cells at the origin of the polyp to prevent recurrence.

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