This woman discovered a cervical polyp upon examination of her cervix using a speculum. She had given birth six years ago. Cervical polyps are growths, usually smaller than 1 cm in diameter. Most of the time they are bright red, like the one in this photo and have a spongy texture to the touch.
She had been having irregular cycles, but had no symptoms specific to the polyp. For some people, cervical polyps cause intermenstrual bleeding, abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women, bleeding after sex and thick white vaginal or yellowish discharge (leukorrhoea).