Do I Have Fibroids?
Signs, Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids, and How to detect Uterine Fibroids.

06 November, 2018

Some women know that they have uterine fibroids because of painful menstruation or painful intercourse, while others may not experience any symptoms related to the condition. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, constipation, miscarriages, and an urge to urinate frequently or urgently, you may be wondering, “Do I have fibroids?”

Uterine Fibroids May Be More Common than You Think

What are uterine fibroids? Also called leiomyomas or myomas, fibroids in the uterus are the most common noncancerous tumor of the female reproductive system.

  • They are composed of muscle and fibrous tissue, and are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s, as well as in women who are overweight.
  • By the time women reaches 45 years of age, about 70 percent of women develop at least one fibroid.
  • Uterine Fibroids may be microscopic or grow as large as a basketball. Uterine Fibroids can grow in the uterus wall, under the inner layer of the uterus, or under the outer surface of the uterus.
  • As per research, uterine fibroids grow due to high levels of the female hormones estrogen and possibly progesterone also.
  • Uterine Fibroids may become bigger during pregnancy, due to increased level of hormone, and tend to shrink after menopause, when hormone levels come down. Uterine Fibroids cause pain when they grow too large and can’t get enough blood, causing them to deteriorate.
  • Often women have more than one fibroid, and it is very rare that uterine fibroids become cancerous. As per research, less than one percent of fibroids become cancerous.

What Are the Symptoms of Fibroids?

As stated earlier, not all women with fibroids experience symptoms. At times uterine fibroids cause no symptoms, about one-fourth of white women and one-half of black women eventually develop symptomatic fibroids.
Uterine fibroid symptoms for those who have them include:

  • Painful periods
  • Heavy bleeding (which can cause anaemia)
  • Feeling of fullness in the lower stomach
  • Enlargement of the lower abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Discomfort near rectum
  • Constipation
  • Pain during sex
  • Lower back pain
  • Complications during pregnancy and labour, including a six-time greater risk of needing a caesarean section
  • Reproductive problems, such as infertility, is rare

Uterine fibroids symptoms depend upon their size and location in the uterus. In addition, fibroids that don’t cause any symptoms before pregnancy may lead to complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage, preterm labour, abnormal positioning of the baby before delivery, and excessive blood loss after delivery.

How Are Fibroids Detected?

Your doctor may detect fibroids during your annual pelvic exam. He or she may feel a lump or mass on the uterus and may order imaging tests to confirm that you have fibroids:

  • Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce the image. An ultrasound probe is placed on the abdomen or inside the vagina to capture images of existing fibroids
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves to produce the image
  • X-rays use a form of radiation to see into the body and produce an image
  • Computed tomography (CAT or CT scan) takes many X-rays from different angles for a more complete image
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) involves injecting X-ray dye into the uterus and taking images
  • Sonohysterogram involves injecting fluid into the uterus and taking ultrasound images

If you’ve had any bleeding other than during your menstrual period, your doctor may want to rule out cancer of the uterus. He or she may order any of the following:

  • Pap test
  • Biopsy of the uterine lining
  • Transvaginal ultrasound, sonohysterogram, hysteroscopy, or a combination

Treatment Options if You Have Fibroids

If you havenon-symptomatic uterine fibroids, you may not require any kind of uterine fibroid treatment. But if you have symptomatic uterine fibroids, then also there are good and easy treatment options are available to treat your uterine fibroid. For instance uterine fibroid embolization, a non-surgical approach that is done by an interventional radiologist. Make sure to consult your doctor or uterine fibroid specialist and understand the risks and benefits of each type of uterine fibroid procedure.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE, is an alternative to hysterectomy or other surgical procedures for uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat uterine fibroid tumors.UFE shrinks uterine fibroid tumors and provides relief from the unpleasant symptoms that come with them. UFE, because it is minimally invasive, can be performed in an outpatient setting where you can go home the same day for a quicker recovery as compared to traditional surgery.

Learn more about this safe, effective outpatient treatment for uterine fibroids. Call today on 9868887666 to schedule an appointment with vascular specialist Dr. Virender Sheorain, best doctor for uterine fibroids embolization in India, a non surgical treatment for Uterine fibroid.

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