Approximately 33 percent of women develop uterine fibroids before age 50.
Though many cases go unnoticed, some women experience fibroid symptoms that require treatment. Uterine fibroid degeneration is just one aspect of fibroids that motivates people to seek help. If you think you might be experiencing fibroid degeneration, or if you’re interested in preventing degeneration in the future, know that we’re here to support you.
What Is Fibroid Degeneration?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow inside or on the uterus. Fibroids are comprised of smooth, fibrous tissue and are connected to the uterine artery of blood vessels. These blood vessels supply fibroids with the oxygenated blood they need to grow and survive, just like any other part of the body.
Uterine fibroid degeneration occurs when a fibroid outgrows its blood supply. When the connecting blood vessels cannot provide enough oxygen to a fibroid, its cells begin to die, or degenerate. When a fibroid degenerates, it shrinks to a smaller size.
Though fibroid degeneration does decrease the size of fibroids, it cannot manage them long-term — a degenerated fibroid is likely to expand and degenerate again. Though many people with fibroids don’t experience symptoms on a daily basis, when fibroid degeneration begins, it can cause extremely painful and disruptive symptoms, which is why it’s important to seek a more permanent solution.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroid Degeneration
For some women, a degenerating fibroid is the first sign there’s a problem. Common symptoms of fibroid degeneration include:
- Chronic abdominal pain lasting a few days to a few months
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Bleeding during pregnancy, resulting from a type of degeneration called necrobiosis
Everyone experiences fibroids differently; therefore, symptoms and pain can vary.
If you’d like help assessing your condition, you can use our fibroid symptom checker.
Seeking Treatment for Uterine Fibroid Degeneration
Uterine fibroid degeneration can cause significant discomfort, but there’s hope for a life without symptoms of fibroids. At USA Fibroid Centers, we’re dedicated to helping our patients through a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This FDA-approved treatment effectively shrinks fibroids, alleviating your symptoms.
Reach out to us and schedule your consultation today.