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Fibroids are very common and are benign swellings of the womb muscle or lining. Fibroids can be left alone if they are not symptomatic. Options for symptomatic fibroids include trying to shrink them with either tablets or injections, trying to block the blood supply (uterine artery embolization) or undergoing surgery.

Fibroid surgery is usually performed for one of the following reasons:

  • Heavy periods (menorrhagia).
  • Subfertility women with very large fibroids may have difficulty in getting pregnant. Women may be advised to have fibroids removed before having assisted conception.
  • Pressure symptoms and discomfort due to an enlarged womb fibroids may press on the bladder causing the need to pass urine frequently. If very large they can cause the abdomen to swell and feel uncomfortable.

For further information regarding fibroid surgery (myomectomy) please read the information leaflet.

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