Here are some quick facts about fibroids that you should be aware of if you’re struggling with this condition and don’t understand why you have them or what to do about them. The more information you get about them, the more you will feel less powerless which is important because you must and you can do something about them. You don’t have to be at the mercy of them.
Top 10 Facts About Fibroids
1. You are not alone
About 80% of women will get them by the time they reach the age of 50.
2. Unknown causes
There is still so much about uterine fibroids that remains unknown including what exactly causes them. Many doctors believe that an estrogen dominant state in the body may increase the risk of developing fibroid tumors but there are many other risk factors including family history that may increase changes of developing fibroid tumors.
3. Usually benign
About 99% or so of fibroid tumors are non-cancerous.
While they affect women of any race, for unknown reasons, it has been found that black women develop fibroids and experience more symptoms at greater rates than women of other races.
Most uterine fibroids do not produce any symptoms at all which means that they may only be discovered during an annual gynecological exam. Usually if they don’t cause any symptoms, doctors don’t recommend any action except periodic monitoring for any changes also known as *watchful waiting*.
6. Common symptoms
A heavy menstrual flow is the most common symptom of fibroids including a menstrual cycle that lasts longer than normal and spotting between cycles. For more on fibroids and heavy bleeding, click here. For more symptoms of uterine fibroids click here.
While many women with fibroids can get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby, having fibroids can cause problems during the pregnancy and increase the risk of miscarriage and during childbirth, a caesarean section may be the only way to deliver the baby.
But fibroids can be the cause of infertility and this is mainly due to the type of fibroid and the location of these tumors in the uterus. For more on this, click here.
Common conventional treatment methods for fibroids begin with watchful waiting mentioned previously for asymptomatic fibroids. For fibroids that a growing and/or producing symptoms, drug therapy may be recommended mainly to balance hormone levels (i.e. prevent estrogen dominance).
The next step may be the use of non surgical methods such as the uterine artery embolization (UAE) also known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Surgical procedures such as the myomectomy may also be recommended for those who want to preserve their uterus but fibroids may still grow back. Then there is the;
This is the surgical procedure to remove the uterus. Without the uterus uterine fibroids can’t grow. The hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure performed each year after the C-section with fibroids being one of the main reasons that this drastic surgical procedure is performed.
10. But there are alternatives
You don’t have to have surgery especially since research has shown that most women who have had a hysterectomy did not need it. Also, you need to remember that using other conventional treatment methods do not prevent the return of fibroids because the root cause is not dealt with.
Various alternative methods to treat fibroids seek to get to this root cause of fibroids in order to eliminate it which not only treats shrinks current fibroids but also helps to prevent their return.
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