Jul 24, 2024 1:20 AM

Fibroids in uterus? – what do we need to know

1. What are fibroids?

2. How common are fibroids?

They are seen in 40-60% of woman, between 20-50 yrs of age, but may be seen earlier or later age groups, though less common.

3. What are the causes of fibroid?

May be genetic or hormonal.

4. What happens when fibroids are there

Most do not cause any symptom- No treatment is required except for regular follow up. Symptoms depend on size and location and include:

5. What are the consequences of fibroids?

Anemia due to loss of blood or pressure on the urinary tract, risk of malignancy is very minimal and should be suspected if growth of fibroids is rapid especially in menopausal ladies.

6. Do they go away on their own?

No, but sometimes they shrink in size after menopause due to decrease in hormones.

7. Do they grow in size and number?

Yes, very slowly over a period of time

8. Do they interfere with conception and pregnancy

9. What are the treatment options?

Most do not need treatment. If small and asymptomatic can be followed

Symptomatic fibroids need treatment:

About the Author:

Dr. T. Andal Reddy is an experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 25 years of experience. She is working in Relief clinic manikonda & Apollo Cradle Maternity & Children’s Hospital.

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