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Understanding Uterine Fibroids: What You Need to Know

11th July 2024

Understanding Uterine Fibroids: What You Need to Know

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths composed of muscle and fibrous tissue that develop within the walls of the uterus. Fibroids are almost always benign. The occurrence of cancerous fibroids is exceptionally rare, with less than a 1 in 1,000 chance.

Many women with fibroids remain unaware of their condition, as they often do not exhibit any symptoms. However, one in three women may experience symptoms that can affect their quality of life. These symptoms include heavy or painful periods, pain in the abdomen or lower back, frequent urination or discomfort during sex.

Fibroids typically develop during a woman’s reproductive years and tend to shrink after menopause. The exact cause of uterine fibroids is still unclear, but research suggests it may result from a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors.

Types of Fibroids

There are three main types of fibroids, categorised based on their location in the uterus:

Present within the muscle wall of the womb.

Growing outside the uterine wall into the pelvis.

Present in the muscle layer beneath the womb’s inner lining and growing into the cavity of the womb.

Impact on Fertility

The closer a fibroid is to the uterine cavity, the more likely it is to impact fertility. They can interfere with the meeting of sperm and egg, the implantation of an embryo, the continuation of a pregnancy, and the growth and positioning of the baby.

Treatment Options

Treatment for fibroids is personalised and based on the severity of symptoms and overall impact on fertility. Options may range from medication to manage symptoms to surgical procedures to remove the fibroids. Decisions on treatment should always be made in consultation with a healthcare provider, considering individual circumstances and medical advice.


In conclusion, while uterine fibroids are a common condition, understanding their nature, symptoms, and treatment options can help manage their impact effectively. If you suspect you have fibroids or are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to seek medical advice to determine the best course of action for your health and fertility.


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