Fibroids are benign compact lumps, made of the muscle wall of the uterus. While they may not cause any symptoms or problems, some fibroids require treatment because of the following problems they may cause:
- Heavy periods
- Irregular periods, including bleeding in between periods
- Pelvic pain/ pain with sex
- Frequent urination (because of pressure of the fibroid on the bladder)
- Abdominal/pelvic lump
A pelvic ultrasound scan is very reliable for diagnosing fibroids.
There are many treatment options available including drug treatment, fibroid embolization, myomectomy (removal of fibroid while preserving the uterus), and hysterectomy (removal of the womb).
Certain fibroids can be treated with a drug called Ulipristal acetate (Esmya) or removed using a device called Myosure, thereby preserving the uterus and the ability to have children in the future.
At Wiltshire Gynaecology Services we are happy to discuss an individualised treatment plan with you depending on your symptoms and your personal circumstances.