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How Can Uterine Polyps Affect Pregnancy Chances?

Polyps And Pregnancy

Uterine polyps – also known as endometrial polyps – disrupt the normal functioning of a woman’s uterine cavity and cause problems with a woman’s fertility. A polyp is an overgrowth of the uterine lining – the endometrium – causing an abnormal formation.

Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder and medical director of Advanced Fertility Services (AFS)– defines a normal uterine cavity as being one that is free of abnormal endometrial lining formations. A normal uterine cavity is required for a woman to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term. Diagnostic Testing at AFS can determine whether you are suffering from uterine polyps.

Polyps and Pregnancy

Dr. Melnick likens a uterine polyp to that of a skin tag – skin tissue growing in an abnormal formation.

  • Polyps prevent a fertilized egg (embryo) from implanting into the uterine lining due to inflammation
  • Polyps increase the risk of miscarriage by disrupting the growth of the embryo

Uterine Polyp Symptoms

Uterine polyps range in size from a few millimeters — no larger than a sesame seed — to several centimeters — golf-ball-size or larger. These polyps are attached to the uterine wall by a large base or a thin stalk.

Symptoms of uterine polyps include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Spotting or bleeding between menstrual cycles
  • Infertility with no outward symptoms

A woman may have one or many uterine polyps. Polyps usually stay contained within the uterine cavity, however, these abnormal tissue growths have been found creeping into the opening of the uterus – cervix – and into the vaginal area.

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Diagnosis of Uterine Polyps

It is the professional opinion of Dr. Hugh Melnick that uterine polyps should be removed to increase a woman’s chances of achieving and maintaining a pregnancy. Based upon Dr. Melnick’s review of recent medical studies, women who have their uterine polyps removed had a higher chance of getting pregnant than those women who did not have their polyps removed. If you are unable to get pregnant, polyps may be preventing you from getting pregnant.

Treatment of Uterine Polyps

Since 1976, Dr. Melnick has been successfully treating women for infertility caused by uterine polyps. Dr. Melnick will detect the presence of polyps within your uterine lining through sophisticated diagnostic testing and remove them through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. After treatment, your chances of conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy will increase substantially.

Contact Advanced Fertility Services (AFS) today and discover if uterine polyps may be the reason you cannot get pregnant. Click below to schedule a consultation or call directly – 212.369.8700.