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Fibroids

Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids are a type of non-cancerous muscular tumour that grows in or around the womb. They can vary in size from minuscule to grapefruit-sized, and are sometimes known as uterine myomas or fibromyomas.

If you suspect you have them, your GP may well send you for an ultrasound scan. Symptoms can include extreme pain and heavy bleeding, but quite often uterine fibroids display no symptoms, meaning many sufferers are unaware that they have them.

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Hi, I'm 61 this will be the third time I've had a polyp, doctor recommend a Mirena coil ...I thought at my age a hysterectomy would be better, but would be happy if this coil stops polyps, unfortunately I haven't read anything good about the Mirena coil ...is there anyone of my age had a good experience ? ..I would be very happy to hear if so ...many thanks ...





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I had the mirena coil fitted 4 weeks ago due to fibroids have had bleeding for 16 days but 3 days of them have been spotting with light brown muck,is this normal?





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I was told i had fibroids this july2015 have alot of pain and look pregnant,heavy periods, dr has said a mirena coil will help shrink these,anybody know if it does work?





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hi i had the mirena coil fitted for fibroids, it has helped me a lot. no more heavy periods and now they are also regular and last about 7-10 days.

I have had the coil fitted for 3 years now an never had a period is this normal I get thrush an bv a lot an my tummy the bottom of it is very swelled if I breath out it looks like I'm pregnant but I have been to my gp many times an they this is right don't worry but is it they never check I have no kids an I used to bleed every day I tried the implant an that didn't help I'm only 23 please help x





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Www In 2012 i had my 2nd mirena coil fitted,everything was fine till last month i have been constantly bleeding, my doctor gave me a 2 week supply of norethisterone they helped a bit ,went to Dr's today as it's back again ,I'm also having heavy and large bloodclots,dr gave me more of the same pills and told told me i need a vaginal ultrasound scan . I'm know worried about if I have cancer,is this serious, thank you . I am 53 years old





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Hi I am in a new relationship i am currently in a lot of pain with my tummy and virgina, my labia bleeds and I have a light greeny thick discharge. I have had labia reduction a few years ago to I am exspearencing texture changes in my uethra track and Virginia entrance. I recently have been to hospital with bad edominal pain and I told them about this as well that I noticed my tummy getting bigger more swollen than anything, they said there is deffinalty something wrong with my tummy but you have to wait for your scan. I am really worried I was wondering if anyone can help please with also being in new relationship and we have had sex fewweeks ago my symptoms are linked to a list of things can you help please thanks.





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I am 35 and have been diagnosed with Fibroids and had polyps removed (hysteroscopy) and a D & C. I sometimes get pain in my left side, after which I have bleeding and a foul smelly discharge. This has been going on prior to my procedure and since. I have kept a record of these but my GP says there is nothing out of the ordinary. The pain feels like someone is scooping my side with a spoon. Can someone please shed some light on this? Is this part of having Fibroids? Thanks in advance.





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I have had very heavy periods since having my daughter 15 years ago, I carried on having very heavy periods going through 15-20 pads a day. Then 10 years ago had the merina coil fitted which I still had periods with. Some months worse than others and yet I was told I won't have them after having the coil fitted. Then even though I had never had the coil changed after 10 years I have been bleeding on and off 4 days on 2 off then on again, and heavy , so I went to gp and they took out the merena even though it should of been taken out after 5 years. Since it coming out I have been on constantly and been clotting really badly. I am more on than off frightened to leave the house. Went to work and I am leaking through my clothes . I am 44 and have had the children I wanted. I have pelvic pain and servers adomen pain , I urinate more frequently now Nd feel dizzy a lot. I have a scan as an emergency coming up next week , but can I ask the gynecoligist to have a hysterectomy?





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To be a mother, you have paid a heavy price, but you have children to show for it, as I don't; and because of my husband's health problems now, I am going to have to delay still once more any attention to my fibroids - had to cancel my appointment with the new general practitioner earlier this month. Remember, you have the right to ask the gynecologist anything, including explaining that you want a second opinion, and you want the very latest, up-to-date procedure for the hysterectomy, if it is necessary. All the best!

At 63, I have been waiting for my fibroids to shrink since menopause, which for me was in 2004, at age 54. They had been diagnosed years before, and have always grown. I had three miscarriages in my early 40's, and I married at age 38. For the past 5 years, my abdomen has given me the appearance of advanced pregnancy, and I am tall and thin, with no extra fat anywhere. I have dreaded a hysterectomy, and I hope that new laser techniques will make the recovery time shorter, as my husband is not good taking care of me. I have been without a family doctor here in Canada for almost a decade, and have a first appointment Sept. 9 with a recent medical graduate who has been assigned to both my husband and myself. I hope I can see a gynecologist soon, but it may be months. I have had serious incontinence problems for 15 years and the bad circulation in my legs may now, I realize, be caused by the pressure of the fibroids as well. I will bookmark this site and report back. No, in my case, fibroids have not shrunk after menopause.





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I had the same problems fibroids and polyp . I saw a gynaecologist at Bradford. Bri. I couldn't have had better treatment. Everything was explained I had scans then day surgery for polyp removed then a mirena coil inserted as my womb was still active so thicker lining than it should be. I had biopsys done all came back negative ..and was advised I wouldn't need to return for 4 years. I felt anxious about not been checked for so long..they said no problem and made me an appointment for 12 months.. I felt really in control of the whole situation..when I returned 12 months later all was fine again ..the staff where so caring.. I just phoned maternity ward I was in for the day surgery to ask any questions I had when I got home.





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