Can Uterine Fibroids Be Prevented?

Gynecologist explains to a woman about a disease of the uterus 300x200 1 Women’s bodies undergo many changes over time, making it necessary for women to focus on many nuanced health concerns. Giving birth and going through menopause can take a toll on your body and can cause you to make significant adjustments to your lifestyle. Uterine fibroids are among the many concerns women must keep a sharp lookout for. Fibroids can have many causes, but our office can provide groundbreaking solutions to help address your fibroids and restore your quality of life. If you believe you’re dealing with fibroids, here are a few things you should know and how our specialists can help you deal with the situation.

What Causes Fibroids?

Many experts debate the direct cause of uterine fibroids. Some believe that genetic changes are responsible for the development of uterine fibroids. Others believe that your diet plays a role in fibroid growth, such as eating lots of red meat or being deficient in Vitamin D. Other factors that may increase your risk of developing fibroids can include:

  • Your race
  • Hormones
  • Insulin levels
  • Alcohol intake

Fibroids can manifest for many reasons and cannot be traced to a specific cause. 

Are Fibroids Dangerous?

Keeping an eye on your uterine health is essential to maintaining a healthy body. It is a common belief that fibroids are cancerous, but most uterine fibroids aren’t. Cancerous fibroids are extremely rare, and less than one in 1,000 are cancerous. For some women, it can be challenging to notice the onset of fibroids because some women do not experience symptoms. Even if you don’t experience debilitating symptoms, there are several possible signs of uterine fibroids that you must be aware of, which can include,

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Longer periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Back pain

Our Approach

Here at the Vascular Institute of Virginia, we use groundbreaking treatment strategies, such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization, to eliminate uterine Fibroids and restore your quality of life. The procedure involves utilizing a microcatheter to deliver blocking agents to the uterine arteries, cutting off the blood supply that fibroids receive. As a result, the fibroids eventually shrink and reabsorb back into the body to relieve you.

The first step in finding what treatment works for you is to call our office. Please schedule your consultation at one of our 3 locations by calling us today at 703-763-5224.

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