If you’re a woman 20 or older, chances are you may have a uterine fibroid at some point in your life. Although these growths are small and often benign, they can cause big symptoms that can become difficult to ignore.
Here’s what you should know about uterine fibroids.
Symptoms can be different for every woman.
Most women with fibroids actually have no symptoms, but when they do occur, they can vary from woman to woman. Symptoms of fibroids can include everything from heavy menstrual bleeding and painful periods to pain during sex, constipation, and abdominal cramps.
Fibroids can vary in location and size.
When it comes to the location of fibroids, you may be surprised to know that they can grow inside the uterus, within the wall of the uterus, and even outside of it. The size of a fibroid can also be as big as a grapefruit or as small as a marble.
Fibroid risk factors can vary.
It is estimated that up to 80% of women will have a fibroid at some point in their lives. Most women usually develop them in their 30’s and 40’s and then after menopause, they tend to shrink and go away. Women who are overweight and of African American descent may be more at risk than others.
Fibroids may cause issues with pregnancy.
Uterine fibroids can make getting pregnant more difficult due to the inability of the fertilized egg to attach itself to the uterine wall. Women who do get pregnant may experience premature delivery, the need for a c-section or have a breech birth. These issues are all the more reason to get fibroids treated.
Clinical trials may be a benefit for women with fibroids.
Women with fibroids who are experiencing negative symptoms are most likely going to seek out treatment. No treatment option can completely cure fibroids except for the removal of the uterus, which isn’t ideal for most women of child-bearing age. Doctors are currently evaluating different options that may alleviate unwanted symptoms like heavy bleeding and pain.
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Although the symptoms of uterine fibroids can be frustrating, most cases are benign and aren’t a cause for major concern. To understand more about fibroids and the details of current clinical trials, contact us today at (858) 505-8672.