Fibroids can have an effect on your general health, as well as during pregnancy. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumours, commonly seen in women of childbearing age.
Fibroids are composed of muscle cells and other tissues. They develop in and around the wall of the uterus or womb. Uterine fibroids are usually round or semi-round in shape.
Based on their location within the uterus, uterine fibroids can be classified as:
The majority of women with uterine fibroids may be asymptomatic. However the basic symptoms associated with fibroids include:
The diagnosis of uterine fibroids involves a pelvic examination, followed by ultrasound evaluation. Other imaging techniques such as MRI scan and CT scan may also be employed.
Different methods are being used for managing uterine fibroids. The common procedures performed for the management of fibroids include:
Some studies indicate that the presence of uterine fibroids during pregnancy increases the risk of complications such as first trimester bleeding, breech presentation, placental abruption, increased chance of caesarean section and problems during labour. Dr Sgroi will discuss whether these are a concern for you.