What are uterine polyps?

Written by: Mr Mahantesh Karoshi
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In this article, Mr Mahantesh Karoshi, a highly esteemed and experienced consultant gynaecologist, tells us what uterine polyps are, and what complications they can potentially cause for women who suffer from them.

What are uterine polyps?

Uterine polyps are growths that occur in the inner lining of the uterus (the organ in which a foetus grows). They are formed as a result of the overgrowth of the lining of the womb, and are attached to the endometrium by a thin stalk or a broad base, and extend inward into the uterus.


What complications can uterine polyps lead to?

Uterine polyps are usually noncancerous, but they may cause problems with periods (menstruation) or fertility.


What age group do uterine polyps affect the most?

Uterine polyps are more likely to develop in women who are between 40 and 50 years old.


What are the main associated risk factors?

Chances of developing uterine polyps will increase if a woman has weight issues such as being overweight or obese, or weight gain or weight loss in a short space of time. Women who have taken tamoxifen for breast cancer management and women who have had treatment for infertility, such as repeated IVF failures and ovarian stimulation, are also at a high risk of suffering from uterine polyps.


Why are uterine polyps being detected more and more nowadays?

Uterine polyps are increasingly detected nowadays due to the fact that more and more women are attempting to become pregnant in their forties. Another reason is due to the increased accuracy of imaging studies.


How common is of asymptomatic endometrial polyps in infertile women?

The incidence of asymptomatic endometrial polyps in infertile women has been reported to range from between one per cent to 41 per cent, and is the most common acquired uterine cavity abnormality in women seeking treatment for infertility.


Book an appointment with Mr Mahantesh Karoshi today via his Top Doctors profile to seek the medical help and guidance you require if you are experiencing any of the abovementioned symptoms.

By Mr Mahantesh Karoshi
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mr Mahantesh Karoshi is a London-based women’s health expert and consultant gynaecologist, with a special interest in ovarian cysts, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, fibroids, and adenomyosis. He is currently one of the most highly-rated gynaecologists in London with a very good reputation amongst his patients and peers.

Mr Karoshi's work is recognised internationally, having volunteered in Ethiopia’s Gimbie Hospital, and later receiving the Bernhard Baron Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which led to his work in the University of Buenos Aires. Here he worked on the techniques needed to surgically manage morbidly adherent placental disorders - a serious condition that can occur in women with multiple caesarean sections.

He believes in an open doctor-patient relationship, being sure to include the patient and educating them so that they understand their condition better and they can be directly involved in their care and management at every stage. Aside from his clinical work, he is actively involved in research, which together with his experience, has given him the opportunity to publish the first stand-alone textbook on postpartum haemorrhage which was launched by HRH Princess Anne.

At the core of Mr Karoshi's practice is a high standard of professionalism where patients are involved in their treatment and where the latest techniques and advancements are used to provide an extremely high level of care.

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