Fibroids occur in the womb.
20 - 30% of women of reproductive age have fibroids, but it is
uncommon for them to occur in women under 30.
Fibroids are growths of muscle and tissue which can widely vary
in size, but may become very large. They are not cancerous.
The reason some women are prone to fibroids is unknown.
The majority of fibroids show no symptoms, however if symptoms
do present they normally include:
- Prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding.
- The need to urinate (pee) frequently.
- Complications during pregnancy, labour or delivery.
- Infertility (in some cases).
Diagnosis and treatment
As fibroids can have no symptoms they may be found during a
routine gynaecological examination. If fibroids are suspected an
ultrasound scan can confirm the diagnosis.
Fibroids do not need to be removed surgically unless they are
causing symptoms. The womb may not need to be removed
(Hysterectomy) unless the fibroids are very large or there is
severe bleeding. Sometimes medication can be given to try to shrink
Help, information and support
- If you have any concerns or questions about your health speak
to your GP immediately.
- Or you can speak to a doctor or nurse at your local Sandyford