• Abigail Mazendame

Fibroids

Fibroids are a benign tumours found in the uterus (womb). They are most commonly seen in women of African or Caribbean descent. The reason for this still unknown and whilst they are common and non cancerous, they can cause a myriad of uncomfortable and often distressing symptoms ranging from; heavy bleeding/flooding, painful intercourse and infertility to name a few. Symptoms are dependant on where the fibroids are located. Below are the different categories of fibroids. Submuscosal fibroids tend to cause more heavy bleeding and infertility. There are a range of treatments available both surgical and non-surgical and diagnosis can be made easily by an ultrasound scan. Many women are ashamed to discuss their symptoms, however it is important to have the conversation. Not only will this reduce feelings of anxiety but it help support, encourage and educate others. Remember you are not alone, 1 in 4 women will have fibroids at some point. The www.britishfibroidtrust.org.uk/ has a wealth of information on fibroids and can help future patients make more informed decisions about their own treatment plans. We still have so much to learn about the treatment of uterine fibroids. By disclosing your treatment and experiences, you can actively help defeat this affliction.



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