Women with abnormal menstrual periods or lower abdominal pain should see a doctor to check if they have uterine fibroids, a gynecologist said yesterday.
Uterine fibroid is a common benign tumor found in women, which has symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding, lower abdominal pain, frequent urination, leukorrhea (white vaginal discharge) or a sensation of pressure in the abdomen, which differs in location according to where the tumor is growing, said Law Kim-seng (劉錦成), a gynecologist at the Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital, adding that the condition can sometimes cause abnormal bleeding, miscarriage or infertility.
Law said that a 34-year-old woman, surnamed Yang (楊), who has been living in Ireland since marrying an Englishman, noticed heavy menstrual bleeding two years ago and was troubled by having to often change menstrual pads.
Yang was examined by a gynecologist in Ireland and was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids each about 2cm in length growing inside and outside of the uterine cavity, the hospital said, adding that she was told that surgery might damage the uterus and cause infertility, so she chose to take oral drugs to control menstrual bleeding.
In January last year, Yang had continuous menstrual bleeding for more than 30 days and was brought to an emergency room due to dizziness caused by insufficient red blood cells, the hospital said, adding that during a visit to Taiwan in March, she came to the hospital for treatment and was advised to undergo surgery.
Yang underwent a laparoscopic operation, performed by Law, to remove the fibroid on the outside of the uterus and two hysteroscopy operations to remove the fibroid inside it, which by then grew to about 10cm in length, the hospital said, adding that she was able to become pregnant last year and gave birth to a baby girl in November.
Law said the fibroid inside the uterus grew deep in the walls of the organ, so two surgeries were needed to remove it.
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