04:51 3rd June 2013 | Non-Cancerous Tumours
The issue of Fibroids and their association with infertility has been a very controversial one. Does the mere presence of fibroids mean a woman will be infertile? Or do
complications arise from their surgical treatment? In the next few post, I will explore this association between uterine fibroids and infertility as well as address the
management options for fibroids in women who are preparing for pregnancy.
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours arising from the smooth muscle of the uterus which in the absence of symptoms do not usually require treatment. They are very common in women, occurring in about 20 – 40% of women within their reproductive ages and of higher prevalence in women of Afro-Caribbean descent than Caucasian women. Women of Afro-Caribbean descent typically have multiple fibroids while Caucasian women typically have solitary fibroids.
They may be diagnosed coincidentally or may present with menstrual problems such as excessive bleeding; pressure symptoms such as a frequent urge to pass urine, bowel symptoms, pelvic pain from a fibroid undergoing degeneration or torsion and commonly, infertility.
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