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How Dangerous are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids

An issue that many women face is Uterine Fibroids, which are tumors that develop inside the uterus or along the uterine wall.  These growths, which range in size, typically affect women during their childhood-bearing years up through menopause.  But are they dangerous?  They are usually non-cancerous, but they can cause several problems, ranging from mild to severe.

Generalized Pain.  One symptom that suggests a woman may be suffering from uterine fibroids is discomfort, which can worsen over time.  The pain may develop in the uterus but radiates through the pelvis, back, hips, legs, or other parts of the body.  Of course, the pain may be an indication of something other than a Uterine Fibroid, but in any event, it should be checked out.

Changed menstrual periods.  Among other problems, Fibroids can cause extended menstrual periods and excessive bleeding, which can result in anemia and problems in urination.  Extreme loss of blood should be reported to a health care professional immediately, as it can be fatal.

Complications in Pregnancy.  Since Fibroids alter the tissue in the uterus, conceiving and carrying a child can be problematic.  They may cause fertility problems and can interfere with embryo implantation.  At delivery, related complications can necessitate a C-Section, or result in a breech birth.

Painful sexual intercourse.  Because of the dryness and irritation along the vaginal lining brought on by Uterine Fibroids, intercourse may actually be unpleasant.  This can lead to psychological and relationship problems as well.

Rectal pain.  Uterine Fibroids can result in swelling or bloating in the abdomen region, which inflames the bowels and rectum, causing constipation and pain during the elimination process.

Pre-Cancer. Although most Uterine Fibroids are benign, they can become cancerous, just like a tumor in any other part of the body.  They should be monitored regularly by a health care provider.

Do You Have Uterine Fibroids?

The only way to permanently deal with Fibroids is to have them removed.  In post-menopausal women, a Hysterectomy accomplishes this.  For younger women, another surgery—a Myomectomy—is performed to surgically remove Fibroids.  In the meantime, over-the-counter pain and other medications may be used to manage symptoms. 

The safest course of action is to seek help from a qualified Gynecologist.  They can diagnose and suggest the best possible solution for dealing with Fibroids.  The Gynecology staff at New City Medical are ready to talk with you about it.  Contact them today for an appointment.

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