Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids aren't associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
• Heavy menstrual bleeding
• Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
• Pelvic pressure or pain
• Frequent urination
• Difficulty emptying the bladder
• Backache or leg pains
HOW IS UTERINE FIBROIDS DIAGNOSED?
The following tests are ordered by a gynecologist to diagnose uterine fibroids:
1. Ultrasound scan
HOW IS UTERINE FIBROIDS TREATED?
Surgery and procedures used to treat fibroids include:
• Hysteroscopy. This procedure can remove fibroids growing inside the uterus.
• Uterine artery embolization. This procedure stops the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and die. This may be a good option if you want to have children in the future.
• Myomectomy. This surgery removes the fibroids from the uterus. This also may be a good choice if you want to have children. It will not prevent fibroids from growing again.
• Hysterectomy. This surgery removes the uterus completely. It may be an option if you do not want children, medicines do not work, and you cannot have any other procedures.
DID YOU KNOW?
That Uterine Fibroids can grow back even after treatment has gone through one cycle?