What Treatments are Available for My Calcified Fibroids?
- Created: March 29, 2016
- by: Leah Johnson
If you have just been diagnosed with calcified uterine fibroids you are not alone. Experts estimate that a quarter of all women will experience uterine fibroids at some time in their lives. Since fibroids usually occur in women who are of childbearing age, they can be a life-long condition.
How are Calcified Fibroids Different from Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that grow within or in close proximity to the uterus. These benign tumors are made of muscular tissue and can be present without being detected at all. While there are definitive references and categories for the varying types of fibroids differentiating how they grow, etc. the cause of fibroids is not known and is generally attributed to hereditary factors, and estrogen levels.
Fibroids can vary in size, location and ability to grow. Some fibroids do not grow once formed and others can grow from being barely visible to becoming large and weighing many pounds. Some women do not experience any symptoms.
Calcified fibroids are different only because they typically have become larger than the blood supply that was attributed to the growth. Now that the blood supply has been compromised the tumor degenerates and may become smaller. In this process calcium is produced and leaves deposits on the mass. The fibroid is now calcified and has a somewhat grainy texture.
The treatment options for the calcified fibroid do not vary from the treatment modalities that were available to treat the fibroid prior to the calcification. A major factor in treatment is whether or not you want to bear children.
It is necessary to have a gynecologist who is aware of the modern approaches to calcified fibroid treatment as there have been many new additions to the course of symptom relief.
Treatment Options for Calcified Fibroids
Surgery to remove fibroids while leaving the uterus intact.
Surgically removes the entire uterus. Child-bearing cannot occur.
The lining of the uterus is removed with various methods. Women who choose this method can no longer bear children.
Via a needle inserted directly into the fibroid, electric current is emitted destroying the fibroid. Freezing elements can also be used.
There are newer treatments available as well. With calcified fibroids the flow of blood is extremely limited or has been stopped completely. The treatment options are very specific here and understanding your unique health situation is the key to a great decision.
A great resource to learn more about the alternative to fibroid surgeries that are currently available to women who suffer from calcified uterine fibroids can be found at www.fibroids.com. Here you can gather a wealth of information about the subject, see real testimonials, and effectively equip yourself to make an informed decision with your health care professional about what treatment will work best with your particular condition and lifestyle. Our board certified physicians are experts at the many different medical approaches that can be utilized today.