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Uterine Fibroids

Posted Apr 15 2010 10:58am
What are they?
Uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus, often appear during childbearing years. Uterine fibroids aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.  They are also referred to as fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas

Nearly 75% of women may expect to have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives, but most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Your doctor may discover them incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.

In general, uterine fibroids cause no problems and seldom require treatment. Medical therapy and surgical procedures can shrink or remove fibroids if you have discomfort or troublesome symptoms. Rarely, fibroids can require emergency treatment if they cause sudden, sharp pelvic pain or profuse menstrual bleeding.

See your doctor if you have:

  • Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
  • Overly heavy or painful periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Difficulty moving your bowels

Seek prompt medical care if you have severe vaginal bleeding or sharp pelvic pain that comes on suddenly.  Whenever concerned about issues of health, it is best to consult your physician rather than assuming how serious something may be.

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