Fibroid tumors are very common—between 20 and 80 percent of women will develop them by the age of 50.
Not all of those with fibroids show symptoms. However, for those who do, these symptoms can be painful, causing multiple problems including heavy menstruation. (Office on Women’s Health).
What Are the Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors?
In addition to heavy menstruation, other symptoms include:
- Longer periods.
- Vaginal bleeding at times other than your period.
- Pain—particularly in the abdomen or lower back.
- Painful sex.
- Difficulty urinating.
- Enlarged uterus/abdomen.
“We have successfully helped countless women with treatment for uterine fibroids,” said Dr. Ann Miller. “It’s important for women to realize that they do not have to live with this condition. We also want to emphasize that having fibroids does not always mean that you will have to have a hysterectomy.”
5 Things You Need to Know About Fibroid Tumors
- Fibroid tumors are almost always benign, and they develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. Less than 1 in 1,000 fibroids are cancerous. (Office on Women’s Health).
- It’s very possible that you could have one and not be aware of it. In these cases, the fibroids will be discovered during an annual examination. This is one reason why it’s important to have your well woman exam.
- Fibroids can grow in several areas, including the uterine cavity, within the wall of the uterus, or outside the uterus. Most grow in the wall of the uterus.
- While fibroids can cause infertility, fibroids are not the primary cause of infertility (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). If you are having difficulty conceiving, speak with us about the state-of-the-art treatments that are available through our practice.
- Drug treatments are available for fibroids. These treatments may provide some relief from painful and heavy periods. However, drug therapy may not prevent fibroids from growing.
Chapel Hill OBGYN Has Provided Reproductive Services for More Than Four Decades
We’ve delivered hundreds of babies and have helped women at all stages of their reproductive years. By scheduling annual checkups, we can detect cervical cancer, fibroid tumors and other conditions. We provide individualized treatment tailored to fit your needs. Schedule an appointment with us today.
For more than 40 years, Chapel Hill OBGYN has served women in the Triangle area, sharing the joy of little miracles and supporting them during challenges. Our board-certified physicians and certified nurse midwives bring together the personal experience and convenience of a private practice with the state-of-the-art resources found at larger organizations. To schedule an appointment, please contact us for more information.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Uterine Fibroids.” Online.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Uterine Fibroids.” Office on Women’s Health. Online.