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Causes Of Uterine Polyps
|What Causes Uterine Polyps?
In a nutshell, we don't know. However, there are number of theories:
Uterine polyps are rarely diagnosed before menarche and there is a higher occurrence in women who take the breast cancer drug tamoxifen and in those who are obese. This suggests that excess levels (or an abnormal reaction to) female hormone estrogen may over-stimulate the wall of the uterus and play an important role in the formation of polyps. What we do know for sure is that polyps increase in size when exposed to estrogen.
Menarche: Menstrual periods start and estrogen levels rise.
Common causes of estrogen excess:
The incidence rate of endometrial polyps increases with age - they predominately occur in perimenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 50 when hormone levels fluctuate severely. After menopause (when periods have stopped for 12 consecutive months), the incidence rate starts to lower again. Read about the effects of menopause on the body. Again, this points to a relationship between hormones and polyp development.
Inflammation is our immune system's response to injury or infection. The affected site becomes red and swollen indicating the body is healing or fighting the source of infection. Chronic inflammation is more insidious because we don't know we have it. It means that internal tissues in our body are in a permanent state of inflammation because the immune system loses its ability to know when to shut down. This slowly damages our organs and has been linked to many major diseases including cancer, heart disease, interstitial cystitis, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome. Uterine polyps may be a response to irritation or inflammation of the wall of the uterus - although - some studies have now shown shown that most polyps and surrounding tissue are free of evidence of infection and inflammation. This would indicate inflammation is not a significant cause - although the jury is still out. Chronic inflammation seems to present a stronger case for causing cervical polyps.
It is considered that high blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the risk factors for cervical polyps. However, a 2008 study published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology did not find an association between uterine polyps and blood pressure levels.
|Related Articles on Polyps
For more articles, see the following:
• Treatment of Uterine Polyps: Surgical and natural alternatives.
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