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    Default Polyp in uterus

    Just wondering if anyone has had similar issues and whether it was left or removed.

    I've had 2 children and I don't think we'll be having another, so I don't know if that will change the treatment options. But an ultrasound has found what they think is a polyp - definitely a mass of some kind, which is unlikely to be cancerous, given my age and no blood vessel that they could find. The specialist sonographer (who used to be an ob), was talking so quickly that I couldn't retain everything. But she talked about my ovaries being polycystic with lots of fibroids and that there was this mass and I would likely need a hystoscopy (sp?) to investigate further and remove it. She suspects it's what's been causing my painful and long periods.

    I see my gyno next week, but just wondering if other people have had similar experiences and whether they have been left or removed.

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    I am in a very similar situation to you Shy. I also have two children and recently discovered a polyp in my uterus after some mid cycle bleeding.

    I was shocked at first and quite scared at what it could be, but after seeing a gyno I've been told it's most likely just a benign polyp. However he did tell me it would have to be removed via hysteroscopy. So now I'm sitting on the waiting list for an appointment.

    We are currently considering whether we are going to have a third child so now I'm worried about whether it will affect pregnancy.. Or if I really should wait until it's removed. I wish I had asked more questions at the time.

    Definitely not looking forward to the procedure as I really didn't want a ga but I'm told that's how it's done.... I also wondered if it had anything to do with having 2 c sections?

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    I have. I have/had a rather large uterine fibroid and cysts on my ovary. I was given high dose progesterone tablets to shrink it after pregnancy. It grew from about 4 1/2 cm to around 12 cm long during pregnancy due to the hormones feeding it. It is also thought to be partly to blame for dd2 spontaneously being born 6 weeks early. They will most likely give you a hysteroscopy to determine size, exact location and how it distorts your uterus. In my case if it did not shrink then it was going to be too difficult to remove easily because it was too deeply embedded on the wall and would most likely have caused a lot of scarring and taken a fair chunk of actual uterus with it etc because of my age (early 30s) they didn't and still don't want to do anything that will permanently effect my fertility even though I'm very sure I'm done with 2.

    Once they discovered it has shrunk to a literally miniscule size but my bleeding issues had continued although it had slowed they put me on the mirena even though I had it noted I objected to it. I am only using it because they and several other drs have assured me it is my last non permanent option and it is meant to be very effective because it gives a direct progesterone hit directly to the source of the problem. I hate it. I really do. I don't like the idea of it. I don't even use tampons because I hate the idea of a foreign object "up there". I hate that I gave to feel for wires (they call it string, yeah right it's wire. People who are into fishing call the material "braid") The heavy hormones have really messed with my emotions and I did end up on anti depressants. Occasionally if I sit the wrong way, bend over wrong, toddler jumps on me etc I can feel it poking me. Dp can feel it as well and says it hurts him. I hate it.

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    Having fibroids is very very common. Some can be very easily treated and removed. I had a friend who had them and hers were on stalks and very very easy to remove. A hysteroscopy will help determine how easily or difficult they will be to remove if they need removing at all.

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    Thanks for your reply dirtgirl. I've had 2 csections also, in my case they checked the scar tissue and mentioned that they saw something but the polyp was elsewhere, they (I had two sonographers there) had trouble getting a good picture of the polyp and my left ovarie.

    I googled the procedure and it appears some people have it under a local anesthetic, I'll definitely have to have a general and I hate that. But my gyno was talking about putting a merina in (which for me will also be required to be done under a ga), I wonder if he would do the two at the same time or if I'd have to wait.

    How long will your wait be dirtgirl?

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    Thanks dss, that gives me a much better insight. I thought the procedure would be to remove it, but perhaps not.

    I also am very reluctant about the merina, but the dr sings it's praises and tells me it will help with the pain and bleeding. I really don't like the idea of it though, I'm meant to tell him next week if it's something I'm happy to go ahead with or not.

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    Yeah they had trouble really seeing my polyp clearly on first scan as they said they couldn't find the blood vessel clearly to help identify it. So went back for the second and they were surprised I'd just had my period as everything still looked the same and I had a thick lining still.

    I have been on public wait list for about 3 months now and still waiting for my appointment for procedure, but couldn't afford to pay privately. To be honest I had worried a lot about it before gyno and now I've relaxed as he put my mind at ease. So until I actually have to go in I can let it go. It helps that I've only had bleeding during my period for quite a few months now. Even though they are long and heavy I was kind of used to that.

    Hope your appointment goes well. I know I was hanging out for more info before mine.

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    Dss, were you aware of the fibroid prior to your pregnancy? Or was it discovered during? I'm just curious as to how this polyp would affect my chances of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby, would it affect it at all. I guess really I should wait until after it's removed but I know women can fall pregnant and not even be aware they have polyps.

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    I had a hysteroscopy and polypectomy done in 2012. I was having long and heavy periods and was diagnosed with PCOS; during an internal ultrasound my gyno saw polyps in the uterus and as we were TTC he said it would be best to remove them.

    The surgery was performed under general anesthetic and I was released a few hours after the operation. It was really quite painless and apart from feeling a bit weird and sore as the anesthetic wore off I found the recovery really easy. I was fine the day after. Afterwards my period went back to normal for a few months and I conceived DD.

    Early this year the heavy periods returned so I went back to the gyno and he did another internal ultrasound and said it looked like the polyps had grown back. He did another polypectomy as well as a laproscopy and flushed the tubes. I found this operation more difficult to recover from than the previous one, I'm not sure why, perhaps it is more painful after having had a c section. I needed a good 2 days of rest to recover.

    Since I am not done having babies and hope to TTC again we have not discussed more permanent solutions but he did say that due to the hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS I would probably continue to experience the problem of growths in the uterine lining.

    I hope that info helps, best wishes, hope it all gets sorted out for you soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtgirl View Post
    Dss, were you aware of the fibroid prior to your pregnancy? Or was it discovered during? I'm just curious as to how this polyp would affect my chances of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby, would it affect it at all. I guess really I should wait until after it's removed but I know women can fall pregnant and not even be aware they have polyps.
    I found out during a pregnancy scan. Unfortunately that pregnancy failed very early on but there is nothing to say it was because of the fibroid. At that stage it was only 1 cm long. So Maybe maybe not. I went on to get pregnant again with dd2 where it grew quite rapidly. By 6 weeks it had grown to about 2 or 3 cm by the time dd2 was born at 34 weeks it had grown to it's maximum size of about 12 cm. If you have it removed before pregnancy you have to treat it as a c section scar i was told. Ie give it at least 1 to 2 years before a new pregnancy and c sections for subsequent pregnancies depending on how the removal was done and engage the fibroid was etc


    Also my mirena was fitted while under ga at the same time as the hysteroscopy.


    Edit: I just had a look at an old thread and read that my fibroid was about 4 to 5 cm at the start of pregnancy with dd2 and grew to 11 to 12 cm
    Last edited by DesperatelySeekingSleep; 12-06-2014 at 01:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I found out during a pregnancy scan. Unfortunately that pregnancy failed very early on but there is nothing to say it was because of the fibroid. At that stage it was only 1 cm long. So Maybe maybe not. I went on to get pregnant again with dd2 where it grew quite rapidly. By 6 weeks it had grown to about 2 or 3 cm by the time dd2 was born at 34 weeks it had grown to it's maximum size of about 12 cm. If you have it removed before pregnancy you have to treat it as a c section scar i was told. Ie give it at least 1 to 2 years before a new pregnancy and c sections for subsequent pregnancies depending on how the removal was done and engage the fibroid was etc


    Also my mirena was fitted while under ga at the same time as the hysteroscopy.


    Edit: I just had a look at an old thread and read that my fibroid was about 4 to 5 cm at the start of pregnancy with dd2 and grew to 11 to 12 cm
    Thanks for sharing Dss, sorry to hear of your loss. Now I'm really unsure what would be the best option for us having a third child... Although we are still undecided as financially it might be a stretch too far, especially if I had to wait so long after having the polyp removed.

    Prob best I go back and ask more questions. So is a polyp and a fibroid the same thing? I guess either is likely to grow while pregnant given the extra blood flow etc.


 

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