Cervical Erosion

Definition - What does Cervical Erosion mean?

Cervical erosion describes a non-threatening condition where some of the tissue from inside the cervix protrudes through the cervical opening. The tissue from the uterus appears red and is prone to bleeding. Cervical erosion is most common among teens, pregnant women, and women taking oral contraceptives. The condition may result in an increase in vaginal discharge and, in some cases, spotting. This condition is common and does not affect fertility.

Cervical erosion may also be called cervical ectropion or cervical ectopy.

FertilitySmarts explains Cervical Erosion

Cervical erosion may cause slight bleeding after sexual intercourse, particularly in pregnant women, but usually doesn't require treatment. To be cautious, cases of cervical erosion should be tested to ensure no cancer is present. Light cauterization or cryotherapy can be used to reduce symptoms if necessary. During pregnancy, it is usually best to allow the condition to resolve itself so as to avoid trauma to the cervix. In many instances, when the hormones of pregnancy return to normal postpartum, the condition will resolve itself.

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