What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroids are thick muscle tissues that either grows within the uterine walls (Intramural), inside the uterine lining (Submucosal) or outside the uterine lining (Subserosal). These tumour like tissues are 99% non-cancerous and is prevalent amongst most women under reproductive-age.
Signs and Symptoms of Fibroids
While most women who have fibroids may not experience any kind of symptoms, others might experience severe Fibroids symptoms, the most common being:
- Menorrhagia (Heavy and painful periods)
- Pain during Sexual Intercourse.
- Lower Back and Pelvic Pain.
- Frequent Urination and Constipation
- Fertility issues or repeated miscarriage.
Tests for Identifying Fibroids
A routine pelvic exam usually suffices for diagnosis of Fibroids. However, some of the tests that a gynaecologist may administer to detect Fibroids includes;
- Transvaginal Ultrasound Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
How Can We Help?
As a gynaecologist in London, Mr N. Agarwal offers the following tests that help identify Fibroids:
- Complete Abdominal and Pelvic Examination.
- Full Blood Count.
- Serum Ferritin.
- Pelvic Ultrasound Scan.
Treatment for Fibroids
In most cases, treatment is not necessary as Fibroids usually stop growing or shrink during menopause. However, treatment might be recommended if the symptoms are severe. A earlier detection of Fibroids can avoid complications later on. As such, we recommend a regular well woman health screening and sexual health check-up for women of all ages.