Fibroids are abnormal growths of the muscle wall of the womb or uterus.
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What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that can develop in the walls of your womb (uterus). These growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, can vary in size and can be single or multiple.
What are the symptoms of Fibroids?Some people with fibroids may have no symptoms at all, however, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms it is important that you contact your GP or gynaecologist. If left untreated fibroids can grow over time and this may lead to complications.
- Painful periods
- Heavy periods
- Anaemia. Which may be caused by heavy loss of blood during your periods. It is caused by a lack of red blood cells, and symptoms include tiredness, dizziness, weakness and headaches.
- Bleeding in between periods or with sexual intercourse.
- Pain of discomfort during sex.
- An extended tummy which can cause you to ‘look pregnant’.
- Abdominal (tummy) pain.
- Lower back pain.
- A constant urge to pass urine.
- Constipation and bloating.
- Depression or low mood.
- Difficulty with getting pregnant.
- Increased risk of miscarriages.
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It's important to find a consultant who will listen to your concerns to help explain and answer any questions you might have.
Types of fibroids
- · Submucosal fibroids. These occur under the lining of the womb. This type can also grow on a stalk (pedunculated).
- Intramural fibroids. These develop within the wall of the womb. This is the most common type of fibroid that may cause the womb to be an irregular shape.
- Subserosal fibroids. These develop on the outer wall of the womb and usually cause no symptoms. However, if they grow large enough they can put pressure on surrounding organs such as the bladder and the bowel.
- You can also get pedunculated subserosal fibroids.