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Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and can vary in size.
Symptoms of fibroids
Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they do not have any symptoms. Around one in three women with fibroids experiences some symptoms.
Diagnosing fibroids
If your GP suspects you may have fibroids, they will usually carry out a pelvic examination to look for any obvious signs.
Treating fibroids
Treatment may not be necessary in cases where there are no symptoms of fibroids, or where symptoms are minor and your everyday activities are not significantly affected.
Complications of fibroids
Although most women do not experience any symptoms of fibroids, fibroids can cause significant problems in rare cases.