Cervical polyps are small, soft, growths that protrude from the mouth of the cervix. They are very common. In rare cases, cervical polyps can block the cervix and cause fertility problems.
Small cervical polyps often do not cause any symptoms, however large polyps often do produce symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
- Abnormal, heavy bleeding during periods
- Bleeding after menopause
- Watery, bloody discharge from the vagina
Cervical polyps can be detected through pelvic exams. In some cases, the provider may remove the growth for laboratory testing, in order to rule out any chance of cancer.
Large polyps can be removed during a surgical procedure. Once removed, cervical polyps usually do not return.