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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is uterine fibroids?

A non-cancerous growth in or around the womb (uterus). Fibroids are made up of muscle and tissue and can vary in size. The exact cause is unknown but fibroids have been related to female hormones (Estrogen and Progesterone) levels. They tend to develop during the ages of 16 to 50 and shrink after menopause.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids

  • Excessively heavy periods

  • Abnormal period length or flow

Questions your doctor may ask to check for uterine fibroids

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose uterine fibroids

  • Do you have heavy menstrual bleeding which requires you to change a pad more than every hour? Or do you have clots?

  • Are your periods abnormal e.g. in duration or amount of bleeding?

Treatment for uterine fibroids

Fibroids do not always need treatment, and shrink naturally after menopause. However, medication may be needed for excessive bleeding or pain from the fibroids. These medications can help shrink the fibroids. Large fibroids may require surgery or a hysterectomy (removal of the womb).

View the symptoms of Uterine fibroids

  • Abnormal period

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