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What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths or lumps of muscle tissue that form within the walls of the uterus (womb). They can vary in size and affect over 40% of women over the age of 40.

Symptoms will depend on the size, number and location of the fibroids and may include the following:

  • Heavy or prolonged periods.

  • Iron deficiency (anaemia).

  • Frequent urination.

  • A pressure sensation on the bladder, bowel or back.

  • Lower back pain.

  • A lump or swelling in the abdomen.

  • Period pain.

  • Painful sex.

What treatments are available?

Many fibroids do not cause any symptoms and can be monitored over time. Other treatments include:

  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) such as a mirena.

  • Laparoscopic myomectomy (removal of fibroid) surgery. 

  • Total laparoscopic Hysterectomy(Key hole) or if fibroids are very, very big then open surgery through bikini cut or midline incision.

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