Many people develop uterine fibroids in their lifetimes. In fact, approximately 33 percent of women develop fibroids before age 50. If you’ve been diagnosed with this common condition, 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 how fibroids affect you specifically — it’s helpful to know the location and size of the fibroids as well as whether or not they are calcified, since these details may influence treatment decisions.
To successfully navigate this process, here’s what you need to know about calcified uterine 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.
Symptoms of Calcified Fibroids
After calcification, fibroids can cause new or increased symptoms. For example, a large calcified fibroid can put pressure on the bladder or bowel, causing symptoms like frequent urination or constipation. In addition, calcified fibroids may act like regular fibroids, causing abdominal pain, pressure, or other unpleasant symptoms.
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 as well as complications with pregnancy, so treatment may become important to you.
As you assess your situation using our symptom checker, remember that everyone experiences fibroids differently. Some women experience no symptoms of calcified fibroids, and some may actually experience fewer symptoms after calcification. However, if symptoms of fibroid calcification are negatively affecting your life, you don’t have to face the situation alone — a fibroid specialist at USA Fibroid Centers can provide valuable support and guidance.
Find Treatment and Support at USA Fibroid Centers
Living with symptoms of calcified uterine fibroids can be challenging, but there is hope. At USA Fibroid Centers, we’re dedicated to helping our patients discover this hope through compassionate support and non-surgical treatment options.
To choose the best treatment for your health and happiness, you need to get all the details about your fibroids. Our specialists will work hard to communicate openly and honestly with you so that you have the information you need to make the right decision. Before we recommend any treatment, we’ll meet with you one-on-one to evaluate the situation and discuss options based on your unique needs.
Treatment options are available for patients with calcified uterine fibroids. If you’re searching for fibroid treatment, reach out to us and schedule a consultation today.