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Uterine Fibroids and Fertility

October 1, 2012 8:06 am

  What are Fibroids? Fibroids are a non-cancerous growth deriving from smooth muscle in the wall of the uterus (womb).  They are present in around a quarter of all women at some time in their lives.  Some fibroids are tiny, only a few millimetres across while others may continue to grow and reach a large size.   Fibroids are usually harmless and are often undetected.   Symptoms are experienced by only around 30% of women with fibroids.   Types of Fibroids Fibroids are named according to their location as follows:- Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroid and grow within the muscle tissue of the womb, beginning as small nodules which may cause distortion to the uterine cavity as they... View Article

When Should I Seek Advice About Fertility?

September 24, 2012 11:33 am

Should I Seek Fertility Advice? According to UK figures collated by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), about one in seven couples experience some difficulty in having a baby.  Dramatic advances in medical science mean that many previously misunderstood fertility problems can now be overcome.  However, many couples remain unsure if and when to seek professional help. How long should a couple try for a baby before suspecting that there may be a genuine difficulty?  This is not always an easy question to answer, after all there is only one opportunity each month to fertilise a single egg.  Furthermore, not all egg/sperm combinations are successful, and the majority of potential embryos naturally fail to develop, so one cannot expect... View Article