How to Know if You Have Fibroids

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How to Know if You Have Fibroids

Do You Have Uterine Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus, and are more common than one would think.  For example, many people do not know that fibroids frequently occur in women during their child-bearing years, and some studies suggest that between 20 and 80 percent of women will get fibroids in their lifetime. The chances of developing fibroids grow for women up to approximately 40 years of age, and then diminish for post-menopausal women.

The big question is, how you can know for sure if you have fibroids?

Symptoms of Fibroids

It is interesting to note that some woman with fibroids experience no symptoms whatsoever, while others suffer with mild to extremely painful symptoms. Some of the variety of symptoms that a woman might experience can include.

Symptoms of Fibroids

Bleeding

A fibroid can make menstrual cycle bleeding be much heavier and painful.  This bleeding is called Menorrhagia. Sometimes this blood flow can be so intense that it can cause severe anemia which can cause tiredness, weakness or other problems much worse.

Bladder Pressure

Experiencing pressure during urination can be another symptom of fibroids. There may be a feeling of a persistent need to urinate, having the feeling that the bladder is always full no matter how many trips one makes to the bathroom. There can also be the opposite, feeling the need to urinate and not being able to. There is usually pain or pressure in the bladder most of the time.

Constipation

Depending of the location of the fibroid it can place pressure on the rectum and cause constipation or pain when trying to defecate.

Back Pain

Depending on the exact position of the fibroid there may be some severe pain in the pelvis area. It can cause moderate to severe back and sciatic pain that runs down the leg because of the position and exactly what it is pressing against.

Sexual Discomfort

A fibroid can make sexual intercourse moderately to extremely painful depending on where it is located inside the uterus.  Sexual relations can be agonizing, causing problems for both partners during intercourse.

Trouble Conceiving

Depending of the location of a fibroid trying to conceive could be difficult but not impossible. The presence of a fibroid can cause conception or other complications including a higher rate of having a cesarean section during childbirth.

Abdominal Bloating

Many times as the fibroid grows there can be a drastic change in the size of the tummy as the fibroid makes space for itself however it can. The enlarging of the tummy can cause pain and discomfort as the fibroid grows and fights for space inside the gut.

What to Do if You are Suffering from Fibroids Symptoms

If you are having any of these symptoms it is important to discuss it with your doctor. The doctor will give a pelvic examination, and if there is anything abnormal detected you will be advised the size and recommendations on how to proceed. You may be sent for an ultrasound, CT can, Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) or some other imaging tests of the abdomen.  A test could be done either externally or internally so the doctor can get a better picture of what’s going on with your insides.

Remember, there is only one sure way to find out if you do have fibroids and that is to see your doctor and have a check-up. He or she will be able to recommend the appropriate fibroid treatment, such as embolization.

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2 Responses

  1. Unfortunately I’m not located in CA, I live on the east coast, I live in Rhode Island and am about a 2hr. ride from Boston.

    I have suffered from fibroids since I was in my mid 20’s I’m now 34. I have not had any children just one early m/c two years ago. Preservation of my uterus was always my former treating MD’s goal as was my own.
    The fibroids where always on the inside of the uterus and came back every two to three years. I have PCOS as well. My husband and I want to try for children as our insurance just started to cover the IVF. tx. we need to conceive.

    My past treatment was D&C via hysteroscopy, every two to three years to clear things out. My symptoms of fibroids have always been excessive heavy periods that where painful, pain went around pelvis and down the kneese during my period.
    Painful sex, a feeling of heavieness in the abdomen and constipation.

    My obgyn that has treated me for years has retired. I saw a new obgyn who just wanted to give me a hysterectomy without doing any diagnostics of her own or reviewing my past medical records.

    I was advised by my old obgyn NOT to have a hysterectomy because I’m so young in age (he said if I was pre-menoupausal) it would be a different story.
    My husband and I would like to try for IVF within the next two years, so uterine preservation is key.
    I’m at a loss as to what to do for treatment and finding an MD who is willing to see what alternatives to hysterectomy would be helpful as my husband and I would like to atleast try for a baby, then if it does not work I’ll think about a hysterectomy.

    any advice would be helpful.

    • Bonique says:

      Corey,

      We have a non-surgical option if you can get to Los Angeles.

      Contact us for a FREE consultation. We can help.

      We are hosting a FREE 45 minute webinar on May 17th and you can speak with the doctor directly. Click here to learn more https://fibroids.com/events/

      Or contact our offices and speak with a nurse TODAY!

      The Fibroid Treatment Collective
      450 N Roxbury Drive, Suite 275
      Beverly Hills, California 90210
      United States
      T: (888) 296-9422
      P: (800) 311-5840
      http://www.fibroids.com

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