Offer women oral tablet to treat fibroids, NHS advised

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A new oral tablet could help thousands of women with benign womb growths, called fibroids, avoid invasive surgery, say experts advising the NHS.

Watchdog the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says Ryeqo pills should be added to the treatment options considered if a woman has moderate to severe symptoms.

That includes heavy and painful periods.

Sometimes, the growths and associated bloating make a woman look pregnant.

They can also lead to infertility.

Fibroids are really common – affecting one in three women, but particularly those who are black.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo has spoken openly about her experience of living with fibroids.

She told Radio 1’s Life Hacks: “A lot of people don’t know what they are. So they are basically non-cancerous growths that can appear on the womb.

“The blessing is they are non-cancerous, which is a plus, but they still cause a lot of problems around fertility, enjoyment of sexy time, with your digestive system, with your urinary system, heavy periods.

“I developed anaemia because my periods were very heavy. I was losing a lot of blood because of them.”

She recently had surgery to remove six large ones.

“I had what is called a laparoscopic myomectomy. That meant they made three incisions – they went through my belly button and made two incisions in my abdomen and then they go in with a machine, and they basically shred the fibroid in you and then like suck it out.

“The recovery was so tough. It was keyhole surgery but it was still invasive.”

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