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What are fibroids?

Fibroids, commonly referred to as fibroid tumors, leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. They are the most prevalent tumors found in the female reproductive system. These benign tumors are composed of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. 

Studies indicate that up to 70% of American women of reproductive age are affected by fibroids. However, it's essential to note that not all fibroids cause problems. In many cases, they don't lead to any complications, and there's no need for intervention unless they present symptoms.

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Are there different types of Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids can manifest in different areas of the uterus:

  • Submucosal Fibroids: Grow on the inside of the uterus
  • Subserosal Fibroids: Form on the outside of the uterus
  • Intramural Fibroids: Develop in the wall of the uterus
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What are the symptoms of fibroids?

While many women with fibroids experience no symptoms, others can suffer from a range of issues. Common symptoms include:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual periods
  • Abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Frequent urination
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • A noticeable mass near the pelvic region
  • Constipation and fatigue

In severe cases, the prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to iron-deficiency anemia.

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What are the risk factors of fibroids?

The exact cause of fibroids remains unknown, but several factors may contribute to their development:

  • Hormonal fluctuations: Estrogen and progesterone, which are vital for the uterine lining's development during menstrual cycles, seem to promote fibroid growth.
  • Genetics: A family history of fibroids can increase one's risk
  • Race: African-American women are more predisposed to fibroids than women from other racial backgrounds.
  • Diet: Consumption of a diet rich in red meat
  • Other factors: Early menstruation, high blood pressure, use of birth control, obesity and alcohol consumption can also contribute to the risk of developing fibroids.
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What are the different treatment options for fibroids?

Depending on the fibroid's size, location and the severity of the symptoms, various treatment options can be considered:

  • Medications

    These can help control symptoms and include:

    • Oral contraceptives
    • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
    • Progestins
    • Pain medications like NSAIDs
    • Iron supplements
  • Nonsurgical treatments

    These are procedures that shrink fibroids without removing them:

    • Uterine fibroid embolization
    • Transcervical radiofrequency ablation
    • Endometrial ablation
  • Surgical treatments

    These involve physically removing the fibroids or the uterus:

    • Myomectomy: Removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus
    • Hysterectomy: Removal of the entire uterus. This is the only definitive way to prevent fibroids from returning. 

Why Choose Us?

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At Nuvance Health®, we understand the nuances of women's health, especially when it comes to fibroids. Our commitment is to provide tailored, compassionate care that speaks directly to your unique experience. With a team of dedicated professionals, we ensure that you're never alone on this journey. From diagnosis to treatment, our holistic approach prioritizes your well-being. Let's shape your health story together. 
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