Fibroid Facts


 

Uterine Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Uterine Fibroids aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.

Many women have Uterine Fibroids at some point during their lives. The illness is, however, not easily detected because they often cause no symptoms and maybe discovered by your doctor incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.

Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Menstruation lasting more than a week
  • Pelvic pressure pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Back of leg pain

Fibroids range in size from seedlings, undetectable by the human eye to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus. You can have a single fibroid or multiple ones. The growth patterns of Uterine Fibroids vary; they may grow slowly or rapidly or remain the same size. Some experience growth spurts while others shrink on their own.

Fibroids are classified by their location. Intramural Fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall. Submucosal Fibroids bulge in the uterine cavity. Subserosal Fibroids project to the outside of the uterus.

Uterine Fibroids can cause discomfort and may lead to complications such as anemia from heavy blood loss. The condition doesn’t interfere with getting pregnant. However, it’s possible that fibroids — especially submucosal fibroids — could cause infertility or pregnancy loss. Fibroids may also raise the risk of certain pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption, fetal growth restriction and preterm delivery.

See your doctor if you experience the following:

  • Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
  • Heavy, prolonged or painful periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder

Patients are advised to seek prompt medical care if experiencing severe vaginal bleeding or sharp pelvic pain that comes on suddenly.

Your health…is your Responsibility!

So make healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a normal weight and eating fruits and vegetables, which will aid in decreasing fibroid risk.

 

Juliane Robinson

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