Fibroid Tumours of the Uterus


Fibroid tumours are very common. While they are benign, their impact on a woman’s life can be anything but. For many women they cause only minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, but depending on their location, and sometimes their size or number, they can cause very heavy menstrual bleeding, clotting and pelvic pain – leading women to seek treatment.

Fibroids often fail to respond to medical drug therapy and then surgical procedures are recommended. Fortunately there are also less invasive options to treat fibroids.

–True Colours Shining Through–
An artist’s impression of a Fibroid angiographic-roadmap
©2003 Jaap Roskam


What they Are – an Overview

Describes their prevalence, and outlines their location and how this affects the symptoms they can produce. Read more...

What they Do – typical Symptoms & possible Complications

All symptoms are outlined in detail. Pain or pressure, heavy bleeding, and accompanying anaemia, are the most prevalent of these. If you are experiencing any of the described symptoms, you should consult your doctor. Read more...

Diagnosis – how they are detected & what Tests are Truly Necessary

There is a variety of tests available to determine that the presence of fibroids is the cause for your symptoms. Your doctor will first take a medical history and do a pelvic exam. An ultrasound exam is most commonly used to confirm the diagnosis of fibroids – and is reliable and painless.
Mainstream diagnosis and treatment of fibroids involves first a number of exams, mostly followed by an advise for hysterectomy, even if malignant processes are not determined.
A few of these procedures are rapidly becoming obsolete for most cases, and patients should be well informed about both this and all available treatment. Read more...


As most physicians will have their favourite treatment that they will recommend, the information in this and the next chapter (More about Fibroids – your Questions Answered) will give you, in a way, a ‘second opinion’ and prepare you for making the best choice for treatment of your fibroids.
Appropriate treatment may depend on location and sometimes size of the fibroids, or the severity of symptoms – but hysterectomy is in the large majority of cases not necessary and less invasive treatment can successfully eliminate symptoms and restore quality of life, with a minimum of risk. Read more...

Women should not be made to feel inadequate or even a nuisance
whenever they seek more information about the treatment being offered.

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