Whether you’ve been diagnosed already or are still searching for answers, learning more about uterine fibroids can help you take control of your health. If you experience symptoms of fibroids, you know this condition can be challenging to cope with. To help you with this important decision, here’s what you need to know about fibroid tumors.
What Are Uterine Fibroid Tumors?
Fibroid tumors, also called uterine fibroids, are benign, noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. Though doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes fibroids, factors that may influence their growth include genetics, hormones, and your age.
Uterine fibroids begin from a single cell, which multiplies over time. The growth of these cells are influenced by hormones and contain both estrogen and progesterone receptors in higher concentrations compared to normal uterine muscle cells. The symptoms you have will depend on the number of fibroids present, their sizes, and the location of the tumors in the uterus.
Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Heavy periods lasting 10 days or longer
- Abnormal bleeding between periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Lower back or leg pain
- Urinary urgency or difficulty emptying bladder
- Protruding belly or abdomen
- Anemia caused by heavy bleeding
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 “abnormal” symptoms, it’s a good idea to reach out to 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
The first step toward getting treatment is always an assessment of the fibroids. The doctor will conduct an ultrasound or order an MRI in order to determine if you have fibroids. 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. Depending on your future goals, invasive procedures may not be the right solution for you. A recent study from the Society of Interventional Radiology found that over 44% of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids, were unaware of non-surgical treatment options. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) boasts numerous benefits and is highly effective in eliminating fibroid symptoms.
Ready to Seek Treatment for Fibroids?
Living with symptoms of fibroid tumors can certainly be challenging, but you’re not alone. At USA Fibroid Centers, we’ll support you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to UFE treatment and recovery.
Whether you need guidance from an expert or a personalized treatment plan, our fibroid specialists can help. Reach out to us and schedule your consultation today.