Uterine polyp - Definition

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A polyp is a growth typically found on mucous membranes lining the body's natural cavities, such as the colon, rectum, uterus, vagina, nose, sinus, bladder, stomach and so on. A polyp on the uterus is generally a benign growth, of varying shape and size, that develops on the uterine mucous membrane, called the endometrium. It typically forms without causing any symptoms, and is often detected by chance during routine examinations. Uterine polyps can, nevertheless, cause spotting bleeding between periods, called metrorrhagia, or heavy periods, called menorrhagia. Routine clinical practice has a preference for surgical ablation during a hysteroscopy, where the uterus is examined with a mini camera enabling the study of the polyp, how it has spread, and to prevent any complications.