Uterine fibroids are very common and often cause few if any symptoms. However, they also cause significant pain and heavy bleeding with your menstrual cycle. Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis offers advanced treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids, helping women in Memphis and East Memphis, Tennessee, relieve symptoms and enjoy better health.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors or growths that form in the uterus during a woman’s childbearing years. They may grow inside or outside the lining of the uterus and can be divided into three categories or types based on their location.
Although not as common as intramural fibroids, submucosal fibroids tend to cause the most pain, as well as heavy menstrual bleeding.
Fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous). In less than 0.1% of women with fibroids, cancer may be detected; however, this cancer does not arise from already existing fibroids. Having fibroid also won’t increase your chance of contracting other types of cancer.
Some women may have few or no noticeable symptoms associated with their fibroids, but when symptoms do occur, they can include:
Fibroids can occur at any age but are most common in women between 40s to mid-50s. They are three times more common in African-American women than in white women.
Fibroids may be diagnosed based on your history, symptoms, and the results of a physical examination. Your doctor may perform ultrasound diagnostic imaging or use a minimally-invasive procedure called hysteroscopy. Your provider may also confirm the diagnosis through lab work, MRI, and laparoscopy.
Fibroids that don't cause symptoms typically don't require any treatment, but it might be good to monitor them regularly. Fibroids that cause symptoms like infertility, abnormal bleeding or those that grow rapidly or exert pressure on the organs can be treated in several ways, including:
Women who have open surgery to remove fibroids may require C-sections if they become pregnant in the future. Your treatment may also depend on your age, symptoms, size, and location of the fibroid. For women who think they might want a noninvasive treatment option, there is also the option of uterine fibroid embolization, which is a procedure that treats fibroids without surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about this safe and non-surgical treatment option, visit the dedicated team at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis, or book your appointment online today.