As the title indicates, this is a somewhat personal post. It discusses the cervix and blood. If you are not interested in that, or you are my father and think I should not be discussing this to the world, there is no need to read on. I want to post this though for other woman who want to read someone's else experience with cervical polyps because as I was looking into it myself, I didn't find a whole lot.
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Here we go, you were warned.
Back in December, I started to have some random vaginal (ope, that was fast) bleeding. I was about 12 weeks pregnant at the time so it freaked me out a little. I frantically texted my cousin, who is due a couple weeks before me, and asked her if she experienced that at all. She reassured me that she did and it made me feel better. However, I also decided to do a self exam during that time and discovered a funny little lump on the inside of my cervix. It felt kinda like what that little hangy ball in the back of your throat would feel like if it was inside your cervix (yes, that is my best description). I googled some things and self diagnosed myself with a cervical polyp. Cervical polyps are little growths inside your cervix that tend to bleed. It isn't really known why they occur and you don't have to be pregnant to get them.
I let Christmas pass and then I called my midwife and described it to her. She asked if I was in the medical profession because most women wouldn't check themselves but I told her that, no I wasn't, I just was worried and wanted to know what the hell was going on. Seemed normal to me. She said it sounded like a polyp and they would check it at the next appointment in a week. If I started having other symptoms, stomach ache, more bleeding, etc, I should call back but otherwise, it would probably be safe to wait.
A week later they checked it out and said that I indeed had a little polyp and it would bleed now and then and it wasn't anything to worry about. It sounded like I was the first woman they knew with one. Even just this last week, the midwife told me she took it to her peer review group and they all said it was anything to worry about during pregnancy. So apparently, I was the first one. Fun.
Anywho, for about a month, I would bleed randomly very lightly and sometimes it was a fair amount of blood that would always freak me out a little. And recently, I haven't been bleeding at all...which is really nice, by the way.
So, while having a cervical polyp is hella annoying, it isn't anything to worry too much about. As long as I am not losing too much blood (and I haven't been close) and I don't have other symptoms, I needn't worry. Hopefully the thing will just fall off during birth. If not, I could have it removed after birth from an obgyn but hopefully it just disappears at some point.
If you suspect you have a polyp, just go ahead and talk to your doctor/midwife about it. Do a self exam too. It won't hurt. Be brave. It is just your vagina.