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Uterine fibroids, though often underestimated, are a prevalent condition impacting countless women. These non-cancerous growths vary widely in characteristics and effects on health. As a private male obstetrician, it’s my mission to illuminate this condition, empowering women to understand and manage it effectively.


Understanding Fibroids:

Fibroids, also known as myomas, are tumors originating from the smooth muscle layer and connective tissue of the uterus. Despite the term “tumor,” it’s essential to recognize that fibroids are benign, meaning they are not cancerous.


Types of Fibroids:

  1. Intramural: Positioned within the uterine wall, these are the most common type.
  2. Subserosal: Extending outward from the uterus, they can exert pressure on nearby organs.
  3. Submucosal: Projecting into the uterine cavity, they can disrupt implantation and cause heavy menstrual bleeding.
  4. Pedunculated: Connected to the uterus by a stem, or growing within the uterine cavity on a stalk.


Recognizing the Symptoms:

While some women may not experience any symptoms, others may notice:

– Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

– Enlargement of the lower abdomen.

– Pelvic pain or pressure.

– Increased frequency of urination.

– Pregnancy complications or fertility challenges in some cases.


Treatment Options:

Treatment approaches depend on factors such as fibroid size, location, and the patient’s age and health:

– Medication: Hormonal drugs can regulate symptoms and potentially shrink fibroids.

– Myomectomy: Surgical removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus.

– Hysterectomy: Complete removal of the uterus, offering a definitive cure for fibroids.

– Uterine Artery Embolization: A procedure to block blood flow to fibroids, causing them to shrink.

– MRI-guided Ultrasound Surgery: Non-invasive treatment utilizing ultrasound waves to destroy fibroids.


Potential Complications:

While fibroids themselves are non-cancerous, they can lead to complications such as:

– Anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

– Urinary tract infections from bladder pressure.

– Fertility challenges or pregnancy complications, albeit rare.


Despite the prevalence of fibroids, they remain a mystery for many women. It’s essential to recognize that while they may present challenges, they are manageable with proper care. Regular consultations with a gynaecologist, coupled with proactive communication and informed decision-making, are crucial in navigating this condition. Your reproductive health is a mosaic of interconnected elements, and by seeking knowledge and prioritizing your well-being, we can address challenges like fibroids comprehensively.


You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional

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