Fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the uterus’ fibrous muscle and connective tissue. They may cause abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, and infertility. Fibroids Garden City multiply gradually over the years. They are common in women of childbearing age but can also occur at any age, including after menopause.
Fibroids grow from a cluster of small tumors located within the uterine muscle or from a collection of cysts in the wall of the uterus. They often grow to be about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Here are common types of fibroids;
Myomas (fibroid tumors)
Myomas are commonly referred to as benign because they do not cause problems like fibroids that grow outside the uterus, such as ovarian cysts. However, some myomas may become larger and cause symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding or abdominal discomfort.
Tubal ligation scars
Also called peritoneal scarring. These scars might occur just under the surface of your skin where your appendix was removed or around your bladder if you had an anterior.
Adenomyosis occurs when a portion of the uterus wall has been replaced by scar tissue. This fibroid tumor can cause no symptoms or mild symptoms such as pain during sex or heavy menstrual bleeding.
What are the causes of Fibroids?
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but research has found that certain factors may increase your risk of developing them;
Age – Fibroids are more common in postmenopausal women than premenopausal women; however, they can occur at any age.
Race/ethnicity – They are more common among black and Hispanic women than among white women, even though they make up less than 1% of all cases of uterine cancer worldwide.
Genetics – Women with a close relative with fibroids have an increased risk of developing themselves compared to women without a family history of fibroids. Inherited genetic factors play a critical role in determining whether or not you will develop fibroids or other uterine conditions like polyps or endometriosis.
Obesity – Being overweight increases your chances of developing fibroids because it strains your tissues at different levels throughout your body.
Treatment of fibroids
Treatment of fibroids depends on the severity of your symptoms and overall health. Most women who have fibroids can have them treated without surgery. Your doctor will consider various options, including:
Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
In this procedure, a tiny probe is inserted into the uterus through the vagina or cervix and heated to kill fibroid tissue. This method is usually painless, but it does not always eliminate all fibroid tissue and may not be safe for everyone.
This procedure involves burning away all of your uterine linings with an electric current. It may be slightly painful but can eliminate most fibroids and is considered less invasive than RFA.
This option is usually reserved for women with severe symptoms or poorly controlled fibroids that do not respond to other treatment options.
The first step toward controlling fibroids is diagnosing to know what you are dealing with. Unfortunately, there could be other ovarian problems. So, initially, it may not be clear that you have been diagnosed with a fibroid. These issues can sometimes complicate diagnosis and treatment. If you suspect you have fibroids, schedule a visit to Women’s Healthcare Of Garden City for diagnosis and treatment.