Cervical Polyps and The Symptoms


Cervical polyps and the symptoms of the polyps can be wide and varied. You may also have no symptoms at all but they may be spotted when you have your routine cervical smear test.


Cervical polyps are small lumps of tissue (benign tumour), that originate from the cervix. The polyps originate from the cervical tissue, growing a stalk that ultimately allows the polyp to protrude through the cervix and into the vagina. They are then seen on a routine cervical smear appointment.

They very occasionally cause symptoms of their own but usually go symptom free. They might cause some discharge or unexpected vaginal bleeding on rare occasions.

The underlaying cause of polyps is not fully understood but it is thought it might be due to raised oestrogen, chronic inflammation in the cervix or possibly due to clogged blood vessels.


Cervical polyps are quite delicate structures and can become detached during menstruation or sexual activity.

If they are causing symptoms, they can be removed in Dr Penman’s clinic. They do not require any pain medication and can be twisted off using ring forceps very easily.

The removed polyps will be sent for laboratory investigation, to ensure that they are simply benign.

There may be some very mild cramping in the few hours following removal and possibly some slight vaginal spotting.

Occasionally the polyp stalk is too thick for this sort of removal and in these cases, Dr Penman would recommend removal under a very short general anaesthetic.


If you would like to book a gynaecology appointment to discuss this or any other gynaecological issue you may have, please follow the link and send an online booking form or give Helen, Dr Penman’s secretary a call on 07880701732


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