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Uterine Fibroids

04:51 3rd June 2013 | Non-Cancerous Tumours

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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 best
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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