A mass in your uterus can be scary. Sometimes, the first thoughts drift toward the worst possible diagnosis. But, not every uterine growth is life-threatening. Uterine Fibroids, while benign, can make things quite difficult for a woman. If you have uterine fibroids, here are some things to look for and what you can do to address them.
What Causes Uterine Fibroids?
Data suggests that up to 77% of women of childbearing age may develop fibroids at some point.
Experts are unsure of the direct cause of uterine fibroids. But, research links several factors that may increase your risk.
Some doctors believe uterine fibroids result from abnormal uterine muscle cells multiplying. It’s speculated that fibroids have more estrogen than other uterine cells. Excess estrogen has a link to rapidly growing fibroids.
Other risk factors for developing fibroids include:
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight
- A diet high in red meat
Also, African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than others.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Many fibroids are painless, making them unnoticeable. But, some uterine fibroids are severe enough to impact daily life.
Some symptoms of uterine fibroids involve:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Pain the pelvis
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Back pain
- Pain during intercourse
What You Can Do About Uterine Fibroids
You don’t have to suffer from the effects of Uterine fibroids. How your fibroids are treated depends on the severity and symptoms of your case. For some patients, doctors recommend a hysterectomy to address the issue. But, A minimally invasive option such as Uterine fibroid embolization may help.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure involving blocking the blood supply to fibroids. A small incision helps the doctor insert a catheter. The catheter delivers blocking agents to the fibroid’s blood supply. Without the blood supply, the fibroid shrinks and goes away.
Patients are awake during the entire procedure and can return home the same day.
The Vascular Institute of Virginia performs uterine fibroid embolization procedures in our facilities. If you are in the Fairfax, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg areas, schedule a consultation. Call us today at 703-763-5224.