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What you should know about Fibroids

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Fibroids are common non-cancerous tumors that develop within or on the uterus. They affect a significant number of women, with up to 80% experiencing their presence. In this article, we will explore the characteristics of fibroids, their potential symptoms, and various treatment options available. It is important to consult with your healthcare provider to understand the specifics of your fibroid(s), discuss your symptoms, and consider your future goals for effective management.

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Fibroids can vary in size, ranging from as small as a pea to as large as a soccer ball. While many small fibroids may not cause noticeable symptoms, they can grow over time and lead to various issues. Some common symptoms associated with fibroids include pelvic pain, irregularities in menstrual periods, pressure on the bladder and bowel resulting in urination and bowel movement problems, and discomfort during sexual intercourse.

The appropriate treatment options for fibroids depend on several factors, including the severity of symptoms, the size and location of the fibroids, and whether future fertility is a consideration. It is crucial to note that a personalized approach is necessary since there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your healthcare provider will discuss potential options tailored to your specific situation.

Medications, such as birth control or pain medications, may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and manage pain associated with fibroids. Additionally, surgical procedures may be considered. Hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure, allows for the removal of fibroids within the uterus cavity. Uterine artery embolization is a technique that involves blocking the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. In some cases, a myomectomy, a surgical procedure where your healthcare provider will carefully remove the fibroids leaving the uterus intact or a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, may be recommended.

To ensure effective management of your fibroids, it is essential to engage in open communication with your healthcare provider. Discussing the characteristics of your specific fibroids, your symptoms, and your future goals will enable your doctor to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you. Remember, each case is unique, and your doctor will consider these factors to provide personalized care.

Fibroids are a prevalent condition that affects a significant number of women. Understanding the symptoms and available treatment options is vital for effective management. By consulting with your healthcare provider and discussing the specifics of your fibroids, your symptoms, and your future goals, you can work together to develop a tailored plan that addresses your individual needs. Remember, early detection and proactive management can lead to improved quality of life and overall well-being.

DISCLAIMER: Features published by Adaaba are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programme.

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