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A uterine fibroid is a benign growth on the uterus. They often appear during the childbearing years and are not associated with any risks. They are usually found during routine exams and are evaluated in depth during an ultrasound.
The physicians of The Women’s Specialists of Fayette will educate you and provide you with a full range of treatment options. Such options may include hormone and/or medical treatment, minimally invasive surgery, uterine artery embolization, conservative surgery or hysterectomy.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids often do not have any symptoms, especially if they are small or there are only a few. Depending on the size, the location and amount of the fibroids, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain
- Heavy bleeding during your period
- Periods that last more than 7 days
- Trouble completely emptying your bladder
- Back pain or leg pain
- Frequent need to urinate
Why do I have uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids can develop due to genetic or hormonal changes such as increases in estrogen. If you have a family history of uterine fibroids or use birth control that contains estrogen, you may also be at an increased risk in developing them.
What problems can uterine fibroids cause?
Uterine fibroids are not cancerous but they can cause pelvic pain and uncomfortable symptoms that may be hard to live with. You may develop anemia if you lose too much blood during your monthly cycle. Some women with uterine fibroids find it more difficult to become pregnant and others experience a risk of complications during pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss any potential problems with you during your appointment.
How can I manage uterine fibroids?
Many women do not need any treatment if there are no noticeable symptoms. If you are experience any of the symptoms listed above and would like to seek treatment, your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette might recommend one or more of the following:
- Medication that can lower your estrogen and progesterone level which will help the fibroids to shrink
- Intrauterine device with progesterone to ease the heavy bleeding during your period.
- Nonprescription pain relievers to help with pelvic pain
- Uterine artery embolization that will kill the fibroids by cutting off the blood flow to them
- Laparoscopic myomectomy which is the process of surgically removing the fibroid using a minimally invasive technique
- If all other treatment options have been ineffective, your physician may suggest a hysterectomy
Can I prevent uterine fibroids from coming back?
While there are no proven methods for preventing the growth of uterine fibroids, there are things that lower the risks of developing them. Your doctor will be able to provide you with information on the most effective ways to do so.
If you need treatment for uterine fibroids, please contact The Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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