Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during the childbearing years. Most women have fibroids at some point in their lives, but not all experience symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can be very painful and disrupt your life.
Symptomatic fibroids can cause heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, constipation, difficulty emptying your bladder, and backache or leg pains. Fibroids can also be the source of infertility, miscarriages, and spontaneous abortions.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor. Fibroids can be treated WITHOUT TRADITIONAL surgery.
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. Research strongly points towards genetics. Sometimes, other factors may negatively impact a woman with fibroids, especially obesity and diet in general. But this is more of a theory than an established fact. Also, fibroids tend to run in families, so you may be more likely to develop them if your mother, sisters, or aunts have had them.
To diagnose symptomatic fibroids, your doctor will perform a physical examination and ask about your medical history. They may also order one or more of the following tests. One, ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the uterus. It can be used to detect the size, shape, and location of fibroids. However, NEVER agree to surgical plans based on an ultrasound/sonogram. A more definitive workup requires an MRI of the pelvis to create a more detailed picture of the uterus. It can be used to confirm the diagnosis of fibroids and to determine if they are causing any symptoms.
Endometrial biopsy is also available which involves taking a small sample of tissue from the uterus to be examined under a microscope. A biopsy is rarely necessary and should only be done if there is a strong suspicion of malignancy/cancer. It should not be routine.
In terms of treatment options, keep in mind that if you do not have symptoms AT ALL, treatment is NEVER necessary. If you do have symptoms, including that your abdomen is getting larger due to fibroids then you need a thorough evaluation and you have the right to treatment.
In addition, treating symptomatic fibroids can help improve your fertility. Fibroids can cause the uterus to become enlarged, which can make it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant. They can also block the fallopian tubes, making it difficult for the egg to travel to the uterus.
If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from symptomatic fibroids, don’t wait any longer. Restore your fertility and end the suffering today. Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive treatments that can help you get your life back. We offer a variety of treatment options so you can find the perfect solution for you.
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