Zoë from Leighton Buzzard
A Successful Pregnancy
My fibroid was first diagnosed in October 1998. I went to my GP, because I had been bleeding, even though I was on the pill. At first he thought it was hormonal, as I was only 28 at the time. However, after an internal examination it was obvious that there was something wrong.
I was referred to my local hospital, where they found that I had a fibroid the size of an 18-week pregnancy. My only options were to leave the fibroid, have it removed, which could potentially lead to a hysterectomy or have uterine embolisation. After 4 months of heavy bleeding and pain, I was referred onto the Churchill Hospital, where I had my embolisation in March '99. The relief was apparent after a month and the bleeding stopped almost immediately. The fibroid shrunk quite rapidly and by December was almost 50% smaller.
The most noticeable success was that in November '99 I became pregnant and gave birth to a perfect baby girl, Ottilie, in August 2000. Because of the embolisation and the fibroid I had regular ultrasound scans to measure both the baby and the size of the fibroid. A year after giving birth my fibroid has shrunk by 80% and I no longer have any symptoms.
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Thanks to all who took part in our survey about the information and choices for their fibroid treatment. Please click here for the Patient Information and Choice Survey report and here for our report on access to UFE treatment with The Medical Technology Group and All Party Parliamentary Group on Improving Patient Access to Medical Technologies.
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