Uterine Fibroids Facts and Treatment Options

The common age for a woman to develop fibroids is in her reproductive years, but women who are facing their menopausal years get them as well.

Some women can have fibroids in their uterus and not even know it. These types of fibroids are very common and can attack 1/3 of all women. They can also come in many sizes and can exist in very small sizes without giving any discomfort to the women. On the other hand, when a very large, or group of large size fibroids develop in the uterus they can cause extreme pain and leave the women with the necessary option to have them treated.

The problem many women will face once they’ve discovered they have fibroids is that their family doctor will tell her that they may be cancerous and then recommend surgery to have her uterus removed. The subject of uterine fibroids is one that many physicians are not very familiar with and so don’t have much more than the recommendation of surgery for their patients.

The truth is you must seek further information from those who are more educated in this subject and get more treatment options than surgically removing your uterus.

When is treatment necessary?

A fibroid condition should be treated if they cause you any symptoms. Many women can have fibroids but they are too small to be causing any symptoms therefor they can go on without any treatment at all since they are benign. They are not cancerous nor do they turn into cancer. They can also exist without interfering with other organs.

When very large-sized fibroids are present and do interfere with the bladder for example, this is usually the time that more severe symptoms start happening. Blockage of the bladder is a common problem and can get serious enough that urination becomes either very painful or impossible at all, so a catheter is used.

Popular non-invasive treatment option

Since the late 90’s a non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids was invented called fibroid artery immobilization. The procedure is a simple one done in the hospital by a specialist. A small incision is done in the belly area and a type of catheter is put in to release particles which then stop the blood flow from the uterine arteries, eventually stopping growth of the fibroids and then slowly causing them to shrink in size, making them too small to interfere or cause any more serious symptoms.

While immobilization won’t completely make uterine fibroids totally disappear it can be a much better option for some women than getting their uterus cut out.

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