Take Care of Your Health and Let Us Take Care of You
The health of women is important to us, every day. In May, we want to take an extra step to remind women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves.
Starting with May 10th —the kickoff of National Women’s Health Week, an annual observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health—USA Fibroid Centers is encouraging women to:
- Talk with your Health Care Providers
- Enjoy a Healthy and Balanced Diet
- Get Active
- Prioritize Mental Health
- Practice Healthy Behaviors
Nominate a special woman for a free fibroid screening
As part of our commitment to help women take better care of their health care needs, we are offering the opportunity to nominate your mother or mother figure to receive a free screening for fibroids.
During Women’s Health Month, tell us why health and well-being is important to your mother or mother figure, and you could win a free fibroid screening for her.
Why should women be screened for fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are a widespread problem, affecting women of reproductive age, usually ages 18 to 50. While these tumors are benign, they can affect infertility, cause painful symptoms and other health conditions. Because fibroids create a risk during pregnancy, it can be extremely beneficial to detect fibroids prior to getting pregnant and explore treatment options.
What is a fibroid screening?
While fibroids may be suspected during a physical exam, a fibroid screening can confirm a diagnosis. These tests are the two main options:
- Ultrasound: The most common scan for fibroids is ultrasound. An ultrasound probe is placed on the abdomen or inside the vagina to scan the uterus and ovaries by a doctor or technician.
- MRI: Images are created using magnets and radio waves. It provides a road map of the fibroids’ size, number, and placement. MRI can be used to confirm a diagnosis and treatment options.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women develop tumors in their lifetime, although not all fibroids become symptomatic.
Fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as a watermelon.
- Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor of the reproductive tract.
- Women who are nearing menopause are at the greatest risk for fibroids.
- Fibroids are most often found during a routine pelvic exam.
- Symptoms may include heavy and prolonged periods, bleeding between periods and pelvic pain.
- There are a variety of treatment options available. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) offers women to treat fibroids while preserving the uterus safely, quickly, and painlessly.
Who Is at Risk for Fibroids?
While the causes of uterine fibroids are not known, studies indicate there may be a hereditary component. Here are the risks identified for developing fibroids:
- Age: As women age, fibroids are more common, especially during their 30s and 40s and up to menopause. After menopause, fibroids are much less likely to form and usually shrink if they’re present.
- Family history: The risk increases for women who have a family member that developed fibroids. If a woman’s mother had fibroids, her risk of having them is about three times higher than average.
- Ethnic origin: African-American women develop fibroids than other ethnicities.
- Obesity: Overweight women are at higher risk for fibroids. For very heavy women, the risk is two to three times greater than average.
What are the Symptoms of Fibroids?
Signs and symptoms of fibroids can vary from woman to woman. Because problems can begin and worsen quickly, it’s important to recognize signs, in case you do start experiencing symptoms, such as:
- Heavy and prolonged menstruation between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
Non-Surgical Fibroid Treatment Options
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is an outpatient procedure that treats uterine fibroids and symptoms without surgery. There is no hospitalization, stitches, or scarring involved. The outpatient procedure preserves the uterus and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
UFE treatment is a great option for women who suffer from fibroids but don’t want to go through major surgery with a long recovery time. It is also a better option than hysterectomy for women who wish to get pregnant in the future. After UFE, your fibroids will shrink, and your toughest symptoms — from heavy menstruation to chronic abdominal pain — can disappear.
For more information, schedule a consultation.