Uterine Fibroids Treatment London

Uterine Fibroids

Non-cancerous growths in the uterus that form from muscular tissue are termed fibroids. While you can have these uterine growths without any symptoms, some women experience uncomfortable symptoms and uterine fibroids can cause more significant problems. However, if scans show you have one or more of these fibroids, effective treatments are available to offer symptom relief and prevent the complications associated with their presence in your uterus.

Uterine Fibroids Symptoms

Around a third of women have symptoms with these uterine growth and you are most likely to notice the following signs if you are symptomatic:

Your periods become heavier, more painful or last for longer. Greater blood loss can lead to iron deficiency anaemia, where you become easily tired and breathless.

  • Abdominal pain and bloating if you have larger fibroids.
  • More frequent urination if the growths put pressure on your bladder.
  • Constipation if uterine fibroids compress your rectum.
  • Pain during intercourse if the fibroids are close to your cervix and vagina.

Although these symptoms are not exclusive to growths in your uterus, it is always sensible to get any symptoms checked out by a specialist so that you can receive an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment if necessary.

Uterine Fibroids Complications

While most women with these uterine growths experience no problems, depending on their size and position, fibroids can cause complications in a few cases. For instance, when fibroids are large, this can sometimes stop sperm from reaching an egg or allowing a fertilised egg from implanting in the uterus. In either instance, it becomes more difficult to conceive. However, if pregnancy does occur, these is a small risk that uterine fibroids increase the likelihood of a miscarriage or premature birth. Their presence also means you are more likely to suffer from abdominal pain while pregnant and if a fibroid covers the opening to your vagina, a caesarean section is often needed. Seeking treatment for fibroids before starting a family therefore increases your chances of conceiving and having a successful pregnancy.

Uterine Fibroids Diagnosis

When fibroids are suspected, several tests are available to help confirm your diagnosis. For instance, you will usually first receive an ultrasound scan, which may show the presence of what appears like uterine fibroids. If this is the case, you will then go on to have further investigations known as a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. During a hysteroscopy a small, flexible telescope is inserted via your vagina to view the inside of your uterus while you are under local or general anaesthetic. This is most useful to show up fibroids that grow into the cavity of your womb. Alternatively, a laparoscope, which has a light source and camera, is introduced to your pelvis via a small incision made in your abdomen. While you are under general anaesthetic, laparoscopy can spot growths within the muscles of your uterus or those that grow outwards. With either procedure a tissue sample may be taken for closer examination.

Uterine Fibroids Treatment

If you have no symptoms or your fibroids cause you little problem, treatment is not always necessary, particularly if you are approaching the menopause when they often shrink. However, if these uterine growths have a significant impact, a range of treatment options are available.

Firstly, medications are available to manage your symptoms. These include hormonal treatments, such as the contraceptive pill, injectable progesterone and an intrauterine system, as well as tranexamic acid and anti-inflammatory drugs which can reduce heavy blood flow. Alternatively, drugs are available to shrink the size of your uterine fibroids, which are known as gonadotrophin releasing hormone analogues. They work by increasing oestrogen production to shrink your fibroids. Surgical procedures are also available, though a hysterectomy is now rarely performed unless entirely necessary. Instead, a myomectomy is often carried out to remove fibroids. It is often possible to conduct this via keyhole surgery, though this does depend on the size and location of the growths in your womb. Alternatively, smaller fibroids can be moved using a technique called hysteroscopic resection. However, non-surgical procedures are also an option. For example, uterine embolisation stops the blood supply to your fibroids, which causes them to shrink. Additionally, endometrial ablation is available, which removes your uterine lining, helping with heavy bleeding and destroying small fibroids within your womb lining.

Mr Colin Davis has expertise in managing all forms of uterine fibroids using a variety of techniques, so make an appointment today to discuss your treatment options.

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