Cervical Polyps: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

Cervical polyps are small, smooth, red growths in the cervical canal. This is the passage between your uterus and your vagina.

These polyps are almost never cancer. Most of the time, the cause is not known.

You may have vaginal bleeding, or you may bleed after sex. Some women have a yellow or white discharge.

Your doctor may remove a cervical polyp. He or she will then test it to make sure it isn't cancer.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • If you have cramps, take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Do not take two or more pain medicines at the same time unless the doctor told you to. Many pain medicines have acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be harmful.
  • Talk to your doctor about having Pap tests on a regular schedule.
  • If your doctor removes a polyp, you may bleed or spot a little for a few days. Use pads. Don't use tampons.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding.
  • You have new or worse pain in your belly or pelvis.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You do not get better as expected.
  • You have unusual vaginal bleeding.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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