Removing Uterine Polyps Clears the Path for a Healthy Pregnancy
Among the structural causes of infertility, uterine polyps appear in a small percentage of cases at Innovative Fertility Center. Most times, uterine polyps form in peri-menopausal or menopausal women. When the growths occur during the reproductive years, they can interfere with the ability to conceive or sustain a pregnancy.
Fortunately, Dr. Mark Rispler is experienced at removing uterine polyps, and can perform the procedure in our on-site surgical suite.
When you experience heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular cycles, bleeding between cycles or infertility, Dr. Rispler will rule out uterine polyps.
Diagnosing Uterine Polyps
Dr. Rispler confirms the presence of uterine polyps during initial fertility testing. A trans vaginal ultrasound or in-office hysteroscopy will reveal these soft growths that form in the uterine lining and grow inward to the uterine cavity. In some cases, the polyp has descended into the cervix, and can be felt during a pelvic exam.
A uterine polyp will have a thin stalk or broad base, and may grow to the size of a golf ball.
The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. When endometrial cells begin to reproduce in an abnormal fashion, it may result in these barriers to fertility:
- Endometriosis. This disease causes endometrial cells to travel and reproduce outside of the uterine cavity. Endometriosis affects 176 million women and girls worldwide.*
- Endometrial polyps, or uterine polyps. Growths, or polyps, ranging in size from a millimeter to several centimeters, on the uterine wall can interfere with an embryo’s ability to implant and develop into a viable pregnancy.
Causes of Uterine Polyps
The chances for developing uterine polyps increases with these risk factors:Like endometriosis, the cause of uterine polyps is unclear. The overgrowth of uterine tissue is likely caused by estrogen, the reproductive hormone that primes the uterine lining for pregnancy.
- High blood pressure
- Taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen
- Obesity or an abnormally high body mass index (BMI)
Are Uterine Polyps Cancerous?
Most uterine polyps are non-cancerous, or benign. All polyps that are removed are tested to determine whether they are benign (which is likely the case), cancerous or precancerous.
Call Innovative Fertility Center today to start on your way to a health pregnancy.