Cervical Cautery and Polyp Removal


Some women experience intra-menstrual bleeding (bleeding in between periods) or after intercourse (post coital bleeding). This can often be caused by a common condition affecting the neck of the womb (cervix) called cervical erosion or ectropion. It is often simple condition to treat providing there is a normal smear history. This area on the cervix can be easily treated quickly in the outpatient setting or if necessary as a day case.

Cervical cautery is a procedure where the cells on the neck of the womb are treated using heat. This then encourages fragile delicate cells to grow into new and stronger cells which are less likely to cause discharge or irregular bleeding. It is important to make sure there is a normal smear history before treatment.

Cervical polyps are small skin like tags on the cervix, which can again cause the above symptoms and are easily removed in the outpatient setting. These polyps are often found coincidentally when women attend for a smear and the vast majority of times are benign.

They are more common in women who have been pregnant more than once. More than 99% of polyps are benign. The incidence of malignant polyps of the cervix is rare. Less than 1 in every 200 polyps is malignant. Most polyps are smooth, soft, reddish-purple to cherry red, and fragile. They are considered fragile because it is common for polyps to bleed when touched. Polyps often do not cause symptoms. They are usually found during a routine pelvic exam. If you have polyps, bleeding or spotting may result from a pelvic exam, sexual intercourse, or with any manual stimulation of the cervix