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Diagnosing Fibroids

These benign tumors can develop within the female uterus, and while their cause is generally unknown, they are infamous for creating very painful and abnormally long menstrual cycles. But, how do you know if you have fibroids? Are they dangerous? Luckily, we can answer of those questions. These are the essentials you need to know about fibroid symptoms and how they are diagnosed.

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are the most common tumors seen in the female reproductive system and the leading cause of hysterectomies in the United States. It is estimated that 30% of women under 35 will have fibroids, with that number jumping to 80% by the age of 50. Only about one third of these are large enough to be detected by a doctor during a physical examination. It is important to note that fibroids have no relation to a woman’s risk of uterine cancer.
While most cases of fibroids are relatively harmless, there are cases in which treatment may be required. However, with modern technology, there are plenty of treatments that are non-invasive and do not harm the patient’s chances of getting pregnant.

Fibroid Symptoms

The most common fibroid symptoms include:
• Heavy or prolonged menstrual cycles
• Abnormal bleeding between menstrual cycles
• Pelvic pain
• Increased frequency in urination
• Lower back pain
• Pain during intercourse

 
In cases where there is heavy or prolonged bleeding during and between menstrual cycles, one can experience anemia which will require additional treatment. It should be noted that the degree to which patients experience these symptoms can vary and may be experienced differently. It is also important to note that some women may experience very mild fibroid symptoms or simply none at all.

How are Fibroids Diagnosed?

Fibroids are usually found during a physical examination of the pelvic region in which a physician may find a firm mass located near the middle of the pelvis. A physician may also look at your complete medial history as well as perform an abdominal exam to confirm that there may be a mass in your pelvic region. Other procedures to diagnose fibroids may include:

• ultrasound
• MRI
• Hysterosalpingography – this test uses a dye to highlight the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes on x-ray images.
• Hysteroscopy – this is a procedure in which a physician inserts a small telescope called a hysteroscope through the cervix and into the uterus. Then, fluid is injected, expanding the uterine cavity. This allows the physician to examine the uterine and fallopian tube openings.
• Endometrial biopsy – In this procedure a tissue sample is taken from the uterus and tested to see if there are any harmful cells present.

 
Generally, fibroids grow more as a woman approaches menopause. However, it is important to watch carefully if you begin to experience elevated symptoms or extreme discomfort, as this could indicate that the fibroids are growing. Be sure to see your doctor regularly, and if you have any pressing concerns, consult them immediately.

 
If you have questions or concerns about fibroids, contact the Fibroid Treatment Collective.

 
Disclaimer: The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained on this website are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. Uterine Fibroid Embolization has been known to provide relief from their symptoms and significant fibroid shrinkage. Results may vary for individuals.

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