Are you experiencing pelvic pressure, painful periods, frequent urination, or lower back pain while you’re trying to work? If frequent abdominal discomfort is eating up your sick days or keeping you from concentrating, it’s possible that you’re living with the symptoms of a uterine fibroid.
Despite the fact that 70-80% of women will develop fibroids before the age of 50, many aren’t aware of what fibroids are or when they require treatment. If working with fibroid symptoms is interfering with your everyday life, we want women to know there are effective solutions that don’t require invasive surgery. Here’s what you need to know about uterine fibroids if you’re tired of symptoms interfering in your daily life.
What Are Fibroids?
Sometimes known as myomas or leiomyomas, fibroids are benign tumors that develop within the uterus and uterine walls. Made of tissue and muscle, they can range in size from as small as a seed to bigger than a baseball. You may have one fibroid, or you may develop many in a cluster.
Fibroids themselves are rarely cancerous, and tiny growths may cause no symptoms or complications. However, when myomas become large or numerous, they can expand the uterus even affecting other surrounding organs.
While doctors cannot identify exactly what causes a fibroid to form, certain risk factors are associated with growth such as:
- Menstruation at an early age
- Genetic predisposition toward fibroids in the family
- Certain races, such as African-African women
- High levels of estrogen and progesterone
- Birth control use
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Unhealthy diet
- Increased alcohol usage
While any woman can develop uterine fibroids, the tumors are most likely to occur in women between the ages of 20 and 45.
Symptoms of Fibroids
Every woman is different and may experience different symptoms. However, if fibroids are keeping you from work, you may notice persistent symptoms such as:
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Heavy bleeding during periods
- Prolonged periods of 10 days or more
- Fatigue caused by anemia
- Pain during sex
- Lower back and leg pain
- Frequent urination or trouble emptying bladder
Working With Fibroid Pain: How Fibroids Affect Quality of Life
Dealing with symptoms like severe pain, pressure, discomfort, or even frequent urination can take a toll on your daily life — especially at work. Pain and exhaustion may affect your work performance, hinder your concentration, put more pressure on your work life, and even keep you from going to work regularly. Your personal life, self-image, and mood can suffer as well. Many of our patients have reported they were forced to miss extensive days at work because on some days, their severe cramps or heavy periods were extremely difficult to manage.
While living and working with fibroid pain can be a challenge, it’s not your only option. Uterine fibroids are treatable with a variety of medical methods.
When to Seek Fibroid Treatment
Are fibroids keeping you from work? If symptoms are negatively impacting your quality of life, it’s time to explore your treatment options for fibroids. If you have large or numerous myomas, your gynecologist may recommend a hysterectomy — but you have another, less invasive option. Recovery from hysterectomy can range from 6-8 weeks, compared to nonsurgical treatment which only takes between 7-14 days. A major benefit of minimally invasive procedures, is that most women are able to return to work a few days following their procedure.
Here at USA Fibroid Centers, we offer the gold standard in non-surgical treatment with a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). With the help of advanced ultrasound technology and minimally invasive techniques, we can stop the blood flow to your fibroids to shrink the growth and eliminate your symptoms. FDA-approved and highly successful, this outpatient procedure is outpatient and can be finished in as little as half an hour.
Stop living and working with fibroid pain, and choose hope instead. Contact your closest USA Fibroid Centers location today by giving us a call 855-667-4247 or schedule your consultation online and start your journey.