Endometrial Polyps, the Pill & Menopause
Q: I was just diagnosed with an endometrial polyp and am having surgery for
its removal. Am I at risk for a recurrence of these polyps?
I have also been experiencing some symptoms of menopause! I am 34 years old
and on the Pill. Could the polyp cause these symptoms? Is it normal to
start symptoms of menopause at this age? My symptoms include hot and cold flashes,
forgetfulness, thinning of my hair, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.
I'll take any advice you have to offer.
Dr. Donnica: My most important advice is to speak with your doctor about
all of these symptoms. It is not common for women to enter menopause at
your age (the "average" age is 51), but it is certainly possible.
However, I am surprised that you would be having these symptoms while taking the
Pill, if they are due to early menopause. There are other conditions that
can cause these symptoms, particularly thyroid problems. Your doctor may
want to do an FSH test and also test your thyroid function. These symptoms
have nothing to do with the endometrial polyp.
Endometrial polyps are localized overgrowths of the endometrium that project
into the uterine cavity. There are different types of polyps and they are rarely
cancerous. Polyps frequently do cause abnormal bleeding problems.
It is possible for endometrial polyps to recur, but most cases are considered
cured by curettage. Endometrial polyps are less likely to occur or recur
after menopause. For more information, visit www.fibroids.net.
Donnica L. Moore, MD
Created: 3/7/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.