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What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths of the uterine myometrium, which is the smooth muscle layer of the womb. They can protrude into the cavity of the uterus, within the uterine wall or extend outside of the uterus into the pelvis.

Some women with fibroids don’t experience any symptoms. However, fibroids can cause heavy and prolonged periods (menorrhagia), which can cause iron deficiency (anaemia), bleeding between periods, pelvic pain and abdominal discomfort due to pressure. Depending on their size and positioning, fibroids may affect bowel and bladder function and can sometimes affect fertility.


Symptoms usually present between the ages of 30 and 50 and improve with pregnancy and menopause.

We are able to offer a range of management options, depending on the size and location of your fibroids, as well as your symptoms. For women who require surgical management, operations will be performed at The Portland Hospital by one of our experienced consultants.

What to expect from your appointment:

  • Consultation with one of our female consultant gynaecologists

  • Thorough history and pelvic examination

  • Transvaginal ultrasound scan

  • Referral for further tests such as blood tests or a detailed MRI scan

  • Management advice e.g. pain relief, iron replacement and hormonal treatment and / or hormonal coil insertion

  • Prescription arrangement

  • Arrangement of surgery for treatment e.g. transcervical resection of fibroid, myomectomy or hysterectomy

  • Written medical report which can be posted or emailed to yourself and health professional(s) of your choice

  • Notification of results of any test

Get in touch with our helpful team

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