You Have Uterine fibroids? Here's What You Should Do
Women who have a hyper oestrogen state or more feminine are more prone to fibroids.
If you have just found out that you have fibroids then you need not worry. What you may not know yet is that fibroids are very common and treatable. Women who have a hyper oestrogen state or "more feminine" are more prone to fibroids. Fibroids are round growths of muscle in the wall of the uterus. They are mostly noncancerous and harmless. But is most common cause of bleeding problems or heavy periods if they are placed in certain situations. Although fibroids tend to run in family, no one really knows why some women suffer from it and others don't. 25 percent of women usually suffer from Fibroids amongst whom 1-5 percent women shows symptoms and problems.
Many fibroids cause no symptoms at all. But a fibroid that grow rapidly can cause one or more of the following problems
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Difficulty urinating or having bowel movements
- Achiness, heaviness or fullness
- Bach ache
- Difficulty getting pregnant / infertility
The treatment is tailored according to that number, size, location and rate of growth of the fibroid. The treatment also depends on the severity of the symptoms. There are many effective ways to treat fibroids. After clinical evaluation the doctor will be able to decide the best treatment to solve the particular problem. 5- 15 percent of women suffering from fibroids show chances of infertility. If infertility is due to sub mucus fibroids which are dangling inside the uterine cavity, if they are removed then there is 100 positive chances of conceiving.
When fibroids are detected, a clinical examination can determine the exact treatment. To look for the signs of fibroids and begin to plan the treatment the doctor usually asks about the medical history of the patient. A small pelvic examination tells the tenderness, texture and the overall size and site of fibroid. Three common tests can provide close up view of the inside outside of the uterus and confirm the size and general location of fibroids.
Ultrasound - often used to monitor the fibroids. An instrument is placed on your lower abdomen or inserted into your vagina. Sound waves bounce off the reproductive organs creating a picture on a video screen of the uterus and the fibroids.
Hysteroscopy - used to evaluate fibroids that extend into the uterus cavity. During hysteroscopy, doctor looks directly at the insides of the uterus through a thin telescope.
Laparoscopy - allows doctor to check for fibroids by providing an outside view of the uterus. A laparoscopy is inserted through a small key hole incision near the navel.
There are three types of treatment options which can vary according to the needs of the patient.
Monitoring the fibroids - waiting and watching the fibroids grow is a good option with regular pelvic exams or ultrasound may be a good options if the fibroids are small or nearing the menopause. If you are pregnant, fibroids should be left alone and treated after delivery. Cesarean is a good option if the fibroids are blocking the vagina.
Removing the fibroids - fibroids can be removed either through the vagina with hysteroscopy or through open surgery and the uterus conserved.
Removing the Uterus- it means that the fibroids will never reoccur, but it also means that the one will never be able to bear a child ever.
After one has a surgery or diagnoses for fibroids then you have to schedule regular check up for at least six months to monitor the progress and make sure that the fibroids do not reoccur.