What are Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop inside the womb. They can range from very small in size to large obstructing growths. They are very common in the black population and may lead to problems with low blood count, getting pregnant and heavy bleeding after delivery of a baby.
|Multiple fibroids removed at surgery|
What causes Uterine Fibroids?
|Uterus with Fibroids at Surgery|
What are some of the symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
Some persons find out that they have fibroids incidentally - when doing a routine ultrasound examination. Other persons may experience:
|Multiple Fibroids Removed at Surgery|
What are the treatment options for uterine fibroids?
|Fibroids Removed at Surgery|
- In women near menopause, 'watchful waiting' can be done. Fibroids are noted to shrink during menopause and the symptoms subside.
- Heavy bleeding may be treated with medication such as NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) , birth control pills, hormonal injections or an intra-uterine device (that releases hormones inside your womb).
- Surgical removal of the fibroids, also known as myomectomy may improve symptoms and chances of having a baby
- Surgical removal of the uterus (womb) removes the symptoms completely and is the only method that prevents the fibroids from growing back (except in menopause). However removing the uterus means that there is no chance of having a baby.
Large Uterine Fibroid Seen at Surgery