Other Disease/ Disorders


What’s a Fibroids ?

  • Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle layer of the uterus
  • They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas or fibromyomas
  • The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly.
  • They may be inside the uterus, on its outer surface or within its wall, or attached to it by a stem-like structure.
  • A woman may have only one fibroid or many of varying sizes.
  • A fibroid may remain very small for a long time and suddenly grow rapidly, or grow slowly over a number of years.
  • Ref 1 : https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Uterine-Fibroidscan Adapted from The American College of Obstetriciansand gynecologists,cited on 9th Sep 2019

Did You Know?

  • 70% of women will have Fibroids by age 50
  • 25% of these women will experience significant symptoms from their Fibroids
  • Women diagnosed with Fibroids are 6 times more likely to have an inappropriate hysterectomy
  • Ref 2 : Borah BJ, Nicholson WK Bradley L, Stewart EA. The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013; 209(4): 319 e1-e 20
  • Ref 3 : Hhakim RB, Benedict MB, Merrick NJ. Quality of care for Women undergoing a Hysterectomy: Effects of Insurance and Race / Ethnicity. Am J Public health 2004 Aug ; 94(8):1399-1405

Health issues caused by Fibroids

  • Anemia (from blood loss)
  • Bloating
  • Problem in urinating
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Difficulty in pregnancy
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

Fibroids Symptoms

  • Changes in menstruation
  • Longer, more frequent, or heavy menstrual periods
  • Menstrual pain (cramps)
  • Vaginal bleeding at times other than menstruation
  • Pain
  • In the abdomen or lower back (often dull, heavy and aching, but may be sharp)
  • During sex
  • Pressure
  • Constipation, rectal pain, or difficult bowel movements
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen
  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility
  • If you feel you may have fibroid, contact your Doctor today.

This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals in Sri Lanka only

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