For Thane resident Priya Desai (name changed), her menstrual cycle had become synonymous with excruciating pain for the last seven years.
Last week, doctors from a city nursing home removed more than a 100 fibroids from her uterine cavity, which had caused pain and excessive bleeding.
Dr Piyush Goyal, chief of the hystero-laparoscopy unit at Agarwal Nursing Home, Bandra, removed 118 fibroids ranging from 0.3 cm to 3 cm in size from Desai’s uterine cavity.
“When we examined her, we found that the fibroids had completely blocked her uterine cavity. I have never come across such a case in my career,” said Dr Goyal.
Doctors said that the hystero-lapatoscopy procedure, whereby a small scope was inserted into her vagina to remove the fibroids, was challenging as there was hardly any space to operate inside the cavity. “However, with this procedure, it was possible to conserve her uterus,” said Dr Hitesh Bafna, anaesthetist.
“I was shocked to hear the number of fibroids inside me. The condition affected my life as the severity of the pain and bleeding left me bedridden,” said Desai, who works in an engineering company. The excessive bleeding had also left Desai anaemic.
She contacted the nursing home in early February after undergoing two unsuccessful laparoscopic procedures in 2004 and 2008. “Recently the periods started getting stretched to 15 days,” said Desai.
“We consulted at least half a dozen doctors but nothing really helped. I was prepared to do anything to free my daughter from the pain,” said Desai’s father.
Fibroids in the uterine cavity cause heavy bleeding and clots as they increase the surface area of the uterus. They cause pain as the uterus tries to expel them as a foreign body, said doctors.
“Fibroids are very common in women and can occur at any age. Bleeding and pain during periods is considered to be normal in our country. Traditionally, young girls are told that all these complaints will subside once they get married and have a child. But this is not true,” said Dr Goyal.
“This is a very rare case. All women with abnormal bleeding with clots should not ignore it and do a proper evaluation and take treatment,” said Dr Adi Dastur, senior gynaecologist, Breach Candy Hospital.