Many people develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime. Approximately 33% of women develop fibroids before age 50. If you’ve been diagnosed with this common condition, we want you to know you’re not alone. Depending on your symptoms, treatment could help you find relief and meet your goals.
Before you can decide on a treatment for uterine fibroids, however, you need to know about the different types of fibroids. It’s helpful to know these details, so you can make the most informed decision about treatment for your fibroids.
What Is a Calcified Fibroid?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop inside or on the uterus. Like all other parts of your body, fibroids rely on oxygenated blood to survive and grow. They receive their blood supply from blood vessels connected to the uterine artery. Some fibroids can outgrow their blood supply. When this happens, the cells in the fibroid begin to degenerate, or die, in order to bring the fibroid back to a sustainable size.
During this degeneration process, calcium deposits build up on top of the remaining fibroid tissue — we call fibroids “calcified” after this process is complete.
Who’s at Risk?
Calcified fibroids are most commonly seen in women after menopause. Calcification often occurs after menopause since the change in hormones can influence fibroid growth and degeneration. However, fibroids can become calcified during childbearing years as well. When this happens, you might experience heavier periods and complications with pregnancy.
Calcified fibroids can also occur when a fibroid stops growing due to lack of adequate blood supply.
Calcification in Uterus
Calcification can occur in the uterus for several reasons.
- IUDs that cause scarring
- Scarring from prior surgeries
Besides calcified fibroids, you can be diagnosed with endometrial calcifications or bony fragments in the uterus, known as endometrial osseous metaplasia. It is important to contact your doctor for an accurate diagnosis to determine the best treatment plan for your condition.
Symptoms of Calcified Fibroids
After calcification, fibroids can cause new symptoms, or make ones you’re already experiencing more severe. For example, a large calcified fibroid can put pressure on the bladder or bowel, causing symptoms like frequent urination or constipation.
Everyone experiences fibroids differently. Some women may experience no symptoms of calcified fibroids, and some may experience fewer symptoms after calcification. We provide a symptom checker as a resource to help you determine if you’re experiencing symptoms of fibroid calcification or symptoms of fibroids in general. Checking your symptoms is quick and easy, and is the first step towards finding freedom from fibroids.
Calcified Fibroid Treatment Plan
Treatment for calcified fibroids will depend on each individual case. A fibroid specialist can help you determine if minimally invasive treatment is right for you. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical treatment that has been found to be effective at relieving fibroid symptoms. UFE treats the calcified fibroid by targeting the uterine artery feeding the fibroid. By blocking blood supply to the fibroids, this procedure shrinks the fibroids without negatively impacting your fertility or other organs.
Find Treatment and Support at USA Fibroid Centers
To choose the best treatment for your health and happiness, you need to get accurate information and a clear diagnosis of your fibroids. Before we recommend any treatment, we’ll meet with you one-on-one to answer your questions and discuss all your options. Our specialists will work hard to communicate openly and honestly with you to have the information you need to make the right decision. Schedule a consultation today or give us a call at 855.615.2555 to get the care you deserve.