Uterine Fibroids

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How do you know if you have Uterine Fibroids? Often you find out from your physician during a routine pelvic examination.
You can get an ultrasound to see if they are present.
To see if the fibroid is within the lining of the uterus, a saline solution can be used with a transvaginal ultrasound to expand the uterine cavity and locate the fibroid.
An MRI can also be used to locate the fibroids, a process called fibroid mapping.
Symptoms Symptoms can develop slowly over several years or quickly over several months.
Most women with uterine fibroids have mild symptoms or none at all and never need treatment.
Uterine fibroid symptoms can become a problem for some women.
Pain and heavy menstrual bleeding are the most common symptoms.
In some cases, difficulty becoming pregnant is the first sign of fibroids.
Other symptoms problems include urinary problems, pelvic pain and pressure, abnormal menstrual bleeding, and difficulty or pain with bowel movements.
Treatment for fibroids varies according to your specific medical situation.
You may want to consider doing nothing if your fibroids aren't causing you any problems.
Not all fibroids grow.
Even large fibroids may not cause any symptoms, and most fibroids shrink after menopause.
But you should monitor their growth by having frequent examinations, every 6 months, especially if you develop symptoms such as bleeding or pain.
As far as I know, there is no known treatment that prevents Uterine Fibroids.
But, according to one study, the more exercise women have, the less likely they are to get uterine fibroids.
Hormone Therapy Some doctors may recommend that you stop taking oral contraceptives or abandon any hormone replacement therapy to help prevent fibroid growth, since they supply the body with synthetic estrogen.
Gonadotropin (GnRH), a releasing hormone may be prescribed as a presurgical treatment to shrink fibroids.
This gives a woman the opportunity, if she is anemic, to stop bleeding and decrease anemia.
If you want to remove your fibroid surgically, you might consider a procedure known as a myomectomy.
If a woman wishes to keep her fertility as an option, a myomectomy may be recommended over other options, such as a hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy is the only treatment that guarantees a cure from fibroids.
A hysterectomy may not be necessary for many women.
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