Tuesday, 16 January 2018


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?
The exact cause is unknown. However there is a link between the hormones estrogen and progesterone and the growth of 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:

  • Heavy bleeding or painful periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pressure, pain, or fullness in your lower stomach
  • Enlarged abdomen or uterus
  • Constipation
  • Needing to pee often or trouble emptying your bladder
  • Pain during sex
  • Miscarriages or infertility

  • 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

    Do you have uterine fibroids? Find out more and book your appointment for consultation at : The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Centre

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