Uterine fibroid tumors are incredibly common, affecting about 33 percent of women under age 50. Despite their reach, they often go unnoticed until troublesome symptoms arise. If you experience symptoms of fibroids, you know this common condition can be challenging to cope with.
Learning more about uterine fibroids can help you take control of your health, whether you’ve been diagnosed already or are still searching for answers. To help you on this important journey, here’s what you need to know about fibroid tumors in the uterus.
What Are Uterine Fibroid Tumors?
Fibroid tumors, also called fibroids or uterine fibroids, are benign, noncancerous tumors that grow in or on the uterus. Though doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes fibroids, factors that may influence their growth include genetics, hormones, and your age.
Each body is different, and accordingly, everyone experiences fibroids differently. The symptoms you have, if any, will depend on the number of fibroids present, their sizes, and the location of the tumors in the uterus.
Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors
Many people with fibroids experience no noticeable symptoms. Some cases of fibroids can be quite debilitating, however, and the condition can disrupt daily activities depending on the size and location of the tumors and the severity of symptoms. Common symptoms of fibroid tumors include:
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Heavy periods lasting 10 days or longer
- Abnormal bleeding between periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Lower back pain
- Frequent need to urinate or trouble urinating
- Heaviness or fullness of the abdomen
- Anemia caused by heavy bleeding
- Enlargement of the abdomen
As you compare your experience to the symptoms on this list, remember that you may not have all the same symptoms as other people. If you experience any troubling symptoms, it’s a good idea to reach out to your doctor or a fibroid specialist.
If you’d like more help assessing your symptoms, feel free to use our online symptom checker.
Treatment for Uterine Fibroid Tumors
There are many different treatments for fibroid tumors in the uterus. The ideal treatment for you will depend on the location and size of your tumors as well as your personal preferences.
The first step toward getting treatment is always an assessment of the fibroids. If your doctor thinks you may have fibroids, they’ll likely order an ultrasound or MRI. Your doctor will use the images generated by these tests to map out your fibroids, noting the location and measurements of each tumor.
Once you know a little more about your fibroids, you can start thinking about treatment options. Hysterectomy, a full removal of the uterus, is the most commonly recommended treatment for symptoms of fibroids. However, non-surgical treatment options like Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) are increasingly available and effective so you can find a solution that works for you.
Ready to Seek Treatment for Fibroids?
Living with symptoms of fibroid tumors can certainly be challenging, but you’re not alone. There’s hope for a life without fibroid symptoms, and it doesn’t have to involve surgery. At USA Fibroid Centers, we’ll support you through every step of your treatment journey, from the initial diagnosis to UFE treatment and recovery.