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Cervical polyps

Diagram of Female Reproductive OrgansCervical polyps are non-cancerous lesions (growths) on the cervix.

They are reasonably common and most often found during a routine cervical smear test.

The symptoms of cervical polyps can include abnormal bleeding, such as heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods. However, often there are no obvious symptoms.

How are cervical polyps treated?

It's recommended that cervical polyps are removed. This is normally a simple and painless procedure that your general practitioner can perform. After removal, your general practitioner will send the polyp for testing to make sure there are no serious problems.

You will need to have a smear test three months after the procedure, even if your previous smear test was normal.

Polyps can reoccur. If this happens, they can normally be removed again by your general practitioner.

If the polyp is too big or difficult for your general practitioner to remove, they will normally refer you to the Christchurch Hospital Gynaecology Outpatient Department for an assessment.

If you have abnormal bleeding, you may need to have some further tests to rule out any serious problems.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2016.

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