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- What are uterine growths?
- What are uterine fibroids?
- What are the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids and what do they look like?
- How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for uterine fibroids?
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- What other medical treatments are available for uterine fibroids?
- What is adenomyosis?
- What are the symptoms of adenomyosis and what does it look like?
- How is adenomyosis diagnosed?
- How is adenomyosis treated?
- What are uterine polyps?
- What are the symptoms of uterine polyps and what do they look like?
- How are uterine polyps diagnosed and treated?
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What are uterine polyps?
Polyps of the uterus are benign overgrowths, or bulges, of the normal tissue lining the uterus into the uterine cavity. Polyps may also be found in the uterine cervix. Polyps are usually attached to the underlying tissue by a base or stalk, and they vary in size. Polyps only rarely contain cancerous cells. They are most common in women in their 40's and are rare in women under 20 years of age.
What are the symptoms of uterine polyps and what do they look like?
Uterine polyps may not produce any symptoms. However, some women may experience:
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
How are uterine polyps diagnosed and treated?
Sometimes, the polyps stick out through the opening of the cervix so that they are visible during a speculum exam, such as during a Pap smear. Diagnosis is by ultrasound or examination under a microscope of the tissue removed during uterine sampling. A diagnosis can also be made by hysteroscopy, the insertion of a scope that allows visualization of the uterine cavity from the inside. It is often possible to remove polyps during this procedure. Curettage, a procedure in which the lining of the uterus is removed, can be used to cure endometrial polyps in most cases.
"Uterine Fibroid Embolization and Imaging." Medscape Reference
"Medical Treatment of Uterine Fibroids." Medscape Reference.