Ovarian polyps are growths attached to the inner wall of the uterus that extend into the uterine cavity. Overgrowth of cells in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) leads to the formation of uterine polyps, also known as endometrial polyps. These polyps are usually noncancerous (benign), although some can be cancerous or can eventually turn into cancer.
HOW IS OVARIAN POLYPS DIAGNOSED?
If you're gynaecology expert suspects polyps, she may suggest a transvaginal ultrasound. A hysteroscopy or an endometrial biopsy may be required as well for further investigations.
HOW IS OVARIAN POLYPS TREATED?
The treatment of the condition will be done with the help of hormonal medication like progesterone. Surgical removal with a hysterectomy to study the polyps first, may also be recommended for very severe cases. The removed polyps will then be examined in a lab for further implications.
DID YOU KNOW?
For women between the age of 25 and 45 this risk is less than 5 percent, between the ages of 45 and 65 the risk that an ovarian polyp will contain a cancer is about 9 percent and over the age of 65, 32 percent of endometrial polyps will be cancerous.