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How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid.
Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope.

In brief: Ultrasound

Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid.
Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

An ultrasound done vaginally of the female organs can identify fibroids.
A saline infused sonogram is similar but saline (salt water) is gently infused into the uterus during the ultrasound with a small tube which allows polyps in the uterine cavity to be seen. Polyps are usually benign but can cause irregular bleeding. Fibroids can cause periods to be very heavy and long.

In brief: Ultrasound

An ultrasound done vaginally of the female organs can identify fibroids.
A saline infused sonogram is similar but saline (salt water) is gently infused into the uterus during the ultrasound with a small tube which allows polyps in the uterine cavity to be seen. Polyps are usually benign but can cause irregular bleeding. Fibroids can cause periods to be very heavy and long.
Dr. Angela Savatiel
Dr. Angela Savatiel
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