It depends. Uterine polyps are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can cause a variety of symptoms, including irregular bleeding and abdominal pain. Polyps sometimes shrink or disappear after menopause due to hormonal changes, but in some cases they may still need to be removed.
Uterine polyps occur when cells overgrow and form small clumps inside the uterus. They can vary in size from very small (less than one centimeter) to very large (up to four centimeters). They are usually caused by higher levels of estrogen than normal which can be due to an imbalance of hormones, certain medications, or past use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The most common symptom associated with uterine polyps is abnormal bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles. This can range from light spotting to much heavier bleeding and last for several days at a time. Other symptoms include abdominal pain and pressure, pelvic discomfort and pain during intercourse.
Uterine polyps can sometimes be detected during a pelvic exam; however, for more accurate diagnosis your doctor may recommend imaging tests like an x-ray or ultrasound scan. Your physician may also take a sample of tissue from your uterus (endometrial biopsy) in order to confirm their presence.
In many cases, uterine polyps do not require treatment and simply go away on their own after menopause as levels of estrogen decrease naturally in the body. If symptoms persist however your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the polyp(s). The procedure is usually done through hysteroscopy - a minimally invasive surgical technique where a thin fiber optic camera is inserted into the uterus via the vagina allowing doctors direct visualization of any growths present within it.
If you’re nearing menopause or have already gone through it and are experiencing any of these symptoms then make sure to contact your doctor about getting evaluated for uterine polyps. Hormone Treatment Center specializes in treating hormone imbalances that lead to growths such as uterine polyps and would be a great place for your evaluation if eligible!
Surgery carries its own risks such as infection or damage to surrounding organs; however these complications are rare when performed by an experienced surgeon who uses sterilized instruments properly. Recovery times vary depending on how extensive the procedure was; however most people are able resuming activities within a few days afterwards with no long-term side effects.
Whether you need treatment for uterine polyp(s) after menopause will depend on whether they cause symptoms as well as if other factors specific to you apply - so make sure you consult with your doctor if any unusual bleeding or discomfort arises before making decisions about treatment options!