A cervical ectropion or erosion is a patch of tissue on the cervix. It is very common and totally harmless. It is not connected with cervical cancer in any way and is not caused by any other condition that causes cancer, so no need to get worried.
A cervical ectropion/erosion happens when some cells from the inside of the cervical canal, glandular cells, are found on the outside surface of the cervix in the transformation zone – the area that is tested during a cervical smear.
A cervical ectropion is a very delicate patch of tissue and will easily bleed. It also is made up of glandular cells so will produce a discharge.
A cervical ectropion can be caused by a change in hormones, pregnancy or being on the contraceptive pill.
Symptoms of Cervical Ectropion/Erosion
- Bleeding following sex.
- Increased discharge of clear to straw fluid from the vagina. This can be odorous.
- Can be painful.
Sometimes if the ectropion is very small, you may not have any symptoms and it may only be discovered when you attend for a cervical smear test. If this is the case, it may be prudent to leave it well alone and generally they will clear up on their own.
If the ectropion is causing symptoms and cause you to visit Dr Penman to discuss, he will do an examination using a speculum to look at your cervix. If it is not too large it can be treated there and then in the clinic with a tiny amount of silver nitrate on the ectropion.
If it is too large to treat during the consultation, Dr Penman will arrange for you to attend the clinic again for Out-patient Treatment. This is in a different room in the clinic with the full equipment to treat you painlessly and successfully.
If you would like to make an appointment to see Dr Penman for treatment of an ectropion, follow the link and send an online booking form and Helen, his secretary will ring you and make the appointment for you, alternatively you can ring Helen on 07880701732 and she can make this appointment for you.