Fibroids are a common health issue affecting millions of women worldwide. These benign growths can develop within the muscular walls of the uterus. They can appear as single or multiple growths, ranging in size from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit and their impact on a woman's health can range from mild to severe. While the exact cause of fibroids remains unclear, hormonal imbalances, genetic factors, and estrogen levels are believed to play a significant role in their development. It's important to note that fibroids are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer. Let's now delve into everything you need to know about fibroids, including their symptoms, diagnosis, management and treatments or surgeries that we offer.
The symptoms of fibroids can vary greatly among women. Some may experience no noticeable symptoms at all, while others may face significant challenges. Common symptoms include heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, constipation, backache and discomfort during sexual intercourse. In some cases, fibroids can also lead to fertility issues or complications during pregnancy. If you suspect you may have fibroids, be sure to consult us for an accurate diagnosis.
To diagnose fibroids, we typically conduct a thorough clinical evaluation. This may involve a pelvic examination to check for abnormalities in the uterus, as well as additional tests such as an ultrasound and an MRI or hysteroscopy if required. This helps determine the size, number, and location of the fibroids which helps in deciding an appropriate treatment plan.
The management of fibroids depends on various factors, including the size and location of the fibroids, the severity of symptoms and the patient's reproductive goals. Treatment options are fairly conservative approaches such as medication to control symptoms and surgical procedures to remove the fibroids.
At Paul's Hospital, we understand the unique challenges faced by women with fibroids and our experienced team of doctors specialises in providing comprehensive care for this condition. Our state-of-the-art facilities and advanced treatment options ensure that each patient receives personal care tailored to their specific needs. From accurate diagnosis to personalised treatment plans and follow-up care, our team is committed to delivering the highest standard of care and improving the quality of life for women dealing with fibroids.