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Question : Would a cervical polyp that’s an inch by a half inch in size cause you to feel fatigued?
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Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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No, a cervical polyp would not cause fatigue. That is, unless it was bleeding enough to cause iron deficiency anemia. But polyps rarely bleed that much.

Cervical polyps are small, protruding growths that come from the glandular tissue that lines the cervical canal. They are quite common. Their exact cause isn’t known. But we do know they often form in response to inflammation or hormonal stimulation.

Cervical polyps don’t usually cause symptoms. They are usually found during a routine pelvic exam or an examination done for some other reason.

Sometimes they cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. The bleeding is more likely after sex because their surface can be quite fragile.

It is generally recommended that polyps be removed so that the tissue can be evaluated for abnormal cells. But it is extremely rare for a polyp to contain cancerous cells. A polyp that re-grows, on the other hand, is not uncommon.

Removing a small polyp is a relatively simple office procedure. Here, the polyp is twisted off of its thin stalk. But larger polyps need to be removed in an operating room.

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