What are the Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids?

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What are the Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids?

With many serious medical conditions, it is often possible to obtain medical treatment soon after the condition begins, due to the significant warning signs. But some medical conditions do not announce their presence with prominent signs and symptoms, making them difficult to detect, despite their serious nature. One such condition is uterine fibroids.

What are Uterine Fibroids?

The special terminology can sometimes prompt misunderstanding, and it is vital to understand the severity of this condition – fibroids are tumors. These tumors, which are sometimes also referred to as uterine myomas or fibromas, are composed of a tight mass of fibrous connective tissue and muscle cells. Most fibroids are benign; in fact, it is estimated that less than one percent of fibroids are cancerous. Additionally, the mere presence of fibroids in a woman's uterus does not increase the risk that the woman will develop uterine cancer or other types of cancer.

Fibroids of the uterus are very common, with between a quarter and one half of women in their reproductive years believed to have fibroids. Not all of these fibroids will be detected, as they vary greatly in size, ranging from as small as a pebble to roughly the size of a softball. Because of the small size of many of these uterus fibroids, they will not be detected by a physical examination.

What are the Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids?

One of the reasons that these fibroids are regarded as so serious is because they are much more difficult to detect than many other medical conditions. In some cases, a woman with fibroids in her uterus will not experience any symptoms at all. However, some women may experience very significant symptoms, while other women will have symptoms of moderate intensity.

Among the most common symptoms are aches and pains. These may include pain in the pelvis, where a fibroid presses on the pelvic organs, or pain in the lower back. Pain during sexual intercourse may also occur due to fibroids. Additionally, fibroids may cause complications in normal bodily functions, such as frequent urination, abnormal bleeding between periods, or unusually heavy or long periods. In addition to these physical warning signs, you or your physician may be able to feel a fibroid as a hard mass near the middle of your pelvis.

Fibroids can produce significant pain and reduce your quality of life. Because of this, some women have opted for hysterectomy to treat their fibroids. However there are less invasive treatment options that allow women to keep their uterus, such as the Acessa Procedure, where there is a low chance that the symptoms will return and patients can look forward to improvement in their quality of life.

 

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Sources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/basics/definition/con-20037901
http://www.lvhn.org/conditions_treatments/womens_health/uterine_fibroids/learn_about_uterine_fibroids/symptoms