It is not uncommon to have uterine fibroids and not know it. Other times, fibroids can come with many symptoms that range from inconvenient to painful. Still, some symptoms can be mistakenly dismissed as a routine part of life. Knowing what to watch for can help you listen to your body and ensure you know when it is time to see a medical professional.
What Are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are a form of benign tumor that grows in your uterus. They are rarely cancerous, and you are not more likely to get uterine cancer if you have fibroids. You can find fibroids in the uterus, on the uterine surface or attached to the uterus by a stalk. It is also possible to have multiple fibroids at once. They range in size from a seed to large masses that can change the size and shape of your uterus. In severe cases, they can be extremely heavy and press against your rib cage. The symptoms of problematic fibroids depend on the size and location of the growth.
What Are the Symptoms of Fibroids?
If you have fibroids, you may experience menstrual periods that last longer than a week. Your period may be very heavy, and you may have trouble going to the bathroom. You may need to urinate more often than you used to, and it may feel like your bladder is not empty. You may also feel pain, heaviness or bulging in your pelvis. These are all signs you should see a gynecologist as soon as possible.
Can You Treat Fibroids?
If a fibroid is causing occasional pain, but is not otherwise problematic, over-the-counter pain relievers are frequently used. Some prescriptions can treat fibroid symptoms, but not eliminate the fibroid. Some surgical removal procedures carry significant risks and may damage the uterus. One of the best options for troublesome fibroids is a minimally invasive procedure called a myomectomy. It removes the fibroids, does not harm the uterus and has a quick recovery time. If you believe you have fibroids or require safe, effective fibroid treatment, contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates today.