What are polyps?
Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue on a mucous membrane. The most common polyps experienced by women are the cervical variety. These cervical polyps occur in women over the age of 20 and are finger-shaped, red growths found on the cervix. Though we do not yet know the cause of cervical polyps, some studies suggests that it may be from infection or a long-term inflammation, an abnormal response to an increase in estrogen, or a mass of blood vessels in the cervical canal. Polyps can be removed during a pelvic exam, but unless they cause bleeding, discomfort, or have an unusual appearance, they need not be removed.
My period has been different. What’s going on?
Your menstruation periods should be regular. If you notice something starting to change in your menstruation like heavier flow, prolonged menstruation periods, or if your cycle is happening at a much more frequent rate, you should contact your doctor and let them know what is going on.
How do I know I need a bone density scan?
Many issues such as age, risk, and whether you’ve already been diagnosed with osteoporosis will determine when and how often you should get a bone density scan. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends the following for bone scans and osteoporosis screening:
- All women over the age of 65 should get a bone density scan
- All postmenopausal women under the age of 65, who have the following risk factors for osteoporosis should have a bone density scan:
- If an immediate family member has a fragility fracture, such as a broken bone from a minor accident that may suggest osteoporosis
- If you have a history of adult bone fractures
- If you currently smoke
- If you’ve ever taken oral steroids for more than 3 months
- If you weigh under 127 pounds
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