Spotting after polyp removal
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|Mon, 05-12-2003 - 12:02pm|
Fast forward to March. I recently started a new relationship and, after no sex for 4 years, became intimate with this guy. From the first time, I noticed bleeding after intercourse. It varies between light bleeding to spotting and can last from a few hours to a day. I have always had irregular periods but in the last year or so have had spotting that can last up to 10 days after the bleeding has stopped. So, I called my gyn's office and asked if the bleeding after intercourse was anything I should worry about, given the normal exam in February - I spoke to a nurse practioner I've never seen before and she wanted me to come right in. Before she even examined me she started talking about endometrial biopsies and cancer. She said she just wanted to catch anything early and the bleeding patterns I described told her I needed to have the biopsy. She got everything ready and then examined me. Once she took a look, she said that I had a cervical polyp and it was large enough that she didn't want to try to remove it so she got a doc. The doc was also someone I've never seen before but they were both very nice. She removed the polyp and said it was quite large but nothing to worry about. She sent it off for a biopsy, which I'm assuming was normal since I haven't heard anything. She used a chemical to cauderize the area so the polyp wouldn't return but said to come back in 6 months just to make sure. She said the polyp could easily have caused the irregular spotting after my periods but I should come back in for an endometrial biopsy if it's not resolved in 2 months.
This all happened so fast that I couldn't think of any questions. I thought I was just going in for an exam and another pap test. It's been a week now and I'm still spotting from the polyp removal - or possibly from my period, which is two weeks late now.
If you've stuck with me this long, you deserve an award of some sort. Here are my questions:
If the polyp was that large, shouldn't it have been noticable during my exam in February? I just want to make sure they are being careful, given my family history.
How long should I expect to spot after a polyp removal?
Is an endometrial biopsy really necessary if all of my ultra-sounds are normal?
Thanks for any info you can provide.