Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas are benign tumours that develop in or around the uterus and are thought to impact up to 80% of women before the age of 50.
A new study in the Netherlands is comparing the results of different types of fibroids treatment with the results expected to be published in 2026. The trial was driven by current treatment options failing women and a need for more minimally invasive treatments.
What are Fibroids?
Many women are unaware that they have fibroids as they often don’t display any symptoms. However, around 1 in 3 women who do experience symptoms may experience many different symptoms. These symptoms include constipation, pelvic pressure, heavy menstrual bleeding, frequent urination and discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in or around the womb, also known as the uterus. The growths are typically made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and can vary in size.
Uterine fibroids develop from a smooth muscle stem cell in the uterus which then repeatedly divides until a mass, also known as a fibroid develops. The exact cause is unknown. But there are some common risk factors that could contribute to the development of uterine fibroids which include race, family history, diet, age and weight.
It is common that fibroids will often shrink after the menopause and symptoms will usually either ease or disappear completely. However, if treatment is necessary then there are several different options.
Initially, a number of medications may be recommended to help manage symptoms and to shrink the fibroids in size. If symptoms cannot be managed with medication or the fibroids are too large, then a non-invasive procedure may be recommended. Treatments may include uterine artery embolisation, endometrial ablation, MRI guided procedures and ultrasound-guided procedures. Another fibroids treatment option is surgery that may involve hysteroscopic intervention, myomectomy or hysterectomy.
If you are concerned about fibroids, or if you are experiencing symptoms, get in touch today to speak to our dedicated team. We offer comprehensive gynaecological scans and we ensure suitable management plans are put in place.
In our world-class facility, we offer flexible appointments and you can expect a warm greeting from our friendly reception team. Our dedicated consultant gynaecologists will carry out both transabdominal and transvaginal scans in order to identify any abnormalities. They can discuss the results of scans with you there and then, you can ask questions and leave with a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan.