Uterine fibroids typically develop between the ages of 35 and 50 years, affecting up to 70% of women under the age of 50. They are benign growths that form from the muscular wall of the uterus. They tend to grow slowly over time under the influence of oestrogen and progesterone, however, once you reach menopause they typically shrink in size but do not go away.

Fortunately, most fibroids are small and don’t cause any symptoms. Larger fibroids, or fibroids that are close to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), may require treatment as some women experience heavy and/or painful periods, difficulty falling pregnant and if they are large enough, they may experience a heaviness in the pelvis or associated bladder and bowel symptoms.

At East, our gynaecologists are adept at diagnosing and managing any symptoms you may be experiencing from fibroids. Your treatment options may vary from observation to medication to surgical removal depending on your individual need. If you suspect, or have been diagnosed with fibroids, don’t manage this journey alone, please contact us at East on 7008 0238.