Fibroids Perth

Everything you need to know about fibroids

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In a nutshell

Fibroids are benign tumours in the uterus-area and they can cause a variety of women’s health symptoms. Often, they are discovered during a routine gynaecological examination or a pelvic ultrasound. 

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What are fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They are also called uterine myomas or leiomyomas and the exact cause of why you get them is not fully understood. 

“Research suggests that multiple factors play a role, including genetic changes and hormones like oestrogen and progesterone, which thicken the uterus lining during your menstrual cycle and can also stimulate fibroids to grow.” 

Dr Padma Jatoth
Dr Padma Jatoth
Gynaecologist Perth

Fibroids often appear during your reproductive years and they can vary in number and size. Some are too small to see with your eyes and others can grow as big as a rockmelon. 

Some women won’t know they have fibroids because they don’t have any symptoms, and others will experience symptoms, including:

  • Heavy bleeding,
  • Painful periods,
  • Iron deficiency (anaemia),
  • Longer or more frequent menstruation,
  • Pelvic pressure or pelvic pain,
  • Frequent urination,
  • Constipation,
  • Lower back pain,
  • Pain during intercourse.

By the age of 50, as many as 7 or 8 out of 10 women will have had fibroids.

“If you are experiencing symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pain or pain during intercourse, it is a good idea to make an appointment here at Perth Women’s Health. Definitely, if there is a history of fibroids in your family, you might want to discuss it with a gynaecologist.”

Dr Soundaram Coundjidapadam
Dr Soundaram Coundjidapadam
Perth gynaecologist
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How do we diagnose fibroids?

Quite often we discover fibroids during a routine pelvic examination or ultrasound. 

“Ultrasound imaging helps to determine the size and location of fibroids. We may also perform blood tests to investigate any underlying anaemia or thyroid issues that might be contributing to your symptoms.” 

Dr Padma Jatoth
Dr Padma Jatoth
Gynaecologist Perth
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How are fibroids treated?

Fibroids treatment depends on a number of factors including 

  • Their size and location,
  • Whether you have symptoms or not,
  • Your age and whether you’re nearing menopause,
  • Your desire to have children,
  • Your overall health.

If your fibroids are small and aren’t causing any symptoms, we simply might monitor them with regular ultrasounds scans and pelvic exams.

If you are experiencing symptoms, we might prescribe medications first to help relieve pain or shrink the fibroids.

“If your symptoms are severe and cannot be relieved with drugs, we will discuss fibroid surgery. In some cases, when large fibroids are causing pressure on other organs, we also may consider surgery. As you can see, it’s a highly individualised decision and it depends on a number of factors.” 

Dr Soundaram Coundjidapadam
Dr Soundaram Coundjidapadam
Perth gynaecologist

Yes, you can. However, fibroids can affect your fertility and pregnancy, depending on their size, number and location. 

If you have submucosal fibroids, or fibroids in the womb where the foetus grows, it may get difficult for the embryo to implant properly.

If you are already pregnant and you have large fibroids, there is a risk of preterm labour. Additionally, if the fibroid is located where the placenta should attach to the uterine wall, it may interfere with the placental attachment. This attachment is crucial for the baby’s nutrition and oxygenation. If that is the case, we will monitor the situation closely.

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Fibroids can cause uncertainty and anxiety. At Perth Women’s Health, we believe in providing you with prompt answers and the peace of mind you deserve, without unnecessary waiting. 

Our team of gynaecologists boasts a wealth of expertise, with backgrounds that include education at prestigious institutions like JIPMER and AIIMS New Delhi, along with international training in London.

What truly sets us apart is our empathy and personalised care for each woman we serve. We genuinely understand your worries and aim to create a welcoming and comforting atmosphere during consultation.

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