July is just around the corner and so is Fibroid Awareness Month. During this month, we take the time to spread awareness about this health issue that plagues 80% of women. Health centers such as womenobgyncenter.com emphasize educating women about fibroids, what they are, the signs that could alert them of their presence, and the treatment options. We are happy to unite in the efforts to help spread fibroid awareness within our communities. If you find this article helpful, we encourage you to help us spread fibroid awareness by sharing this article.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids, also called myomas, are usually noncancerous growths that appear in the uterus and are more common in women during their reproductive years.
Although a large percentage of women develop fibroids in their lifetime, not everyone develops symptoms or requires treatment.
Fibroids range in size, and they can also change their size over time, and women can present one or multiple fibroids. Large-size fibroids usually require treatment.
The cause of the formation of fibroids is unknown. Some studies suggest that they may be related to genes or hormones. Some studies have shown that African American women are more likely to have fibroids than women of other racial groups.
Many women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms and might only learn they have fibroids during a pelvic exam or while performing an ultrasound.
In women who have symptoms, the most common signs are:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding between periods
- Frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder
- Low back pain or leg pains
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Pain during intercourse
Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed by performing an ultrasound or through an MRI.
Complications from an untreated fibroid can include difficulty getting pregnant. A fibroid located inside the uterine cavity can prevent the embryo from implanting. Fibroids located inside the muscle of the uterus might block the fallopian tubes and therefore cause infertility.
Your doctor will recommend treatment depending on different factors, such as the size of the fibroid, the number of fibroids present, their location, and the symptoms experienced.
Treatment can be as simple as medication to control symptoms or, in some cases, birth control to help shrink the fibroid or suppress their growth. In other more complex cases, fibroids might require surgery. The type of surgery needed will also depend on the location and size of the fibroids and your desire to become pregnant. Simple surgical options will allow the physician to remove the fibroids without causing any damage to the uterus, while more invasive treatments include getting the uterus removed.
Although fibroids are usually benign growths, and in most cases, they won’t cause significant problems, it is essential to consult your OB-GYN if you are experiencing any of the previously described symptoms.
As mentioned, fibroids can change their size and cause uncomfortable symptoms or more severe health problems. Therefore, it is crucial to monitor them closely if you know you have them.
What is the Best Treatment for Fibroids?
At Women’s OB/GYN Center, we offer the Acessa Procedure. This alternative is minimally invasive, safe, and effective. Rather than cut directly into the uterus, the Acessa Procedure is a Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation.
How Does Acessa Work?
The Acessa Procedure involves applying controlled heat directly into the fibroid, which in turn destroys the fibroid tissue and causes it to shrink over time. This way you will enjoy relief without the risks of traditional surgery.
- 4,000+ women have chosen the Acessa procedure.
- 98% of women in the clinical study recommended the Acessa procedure.
- 94% of women in the clinical study said the procedure helped with symptoms.
Contact us for more information about the Acessa Treatment.
Women should visit their OB-GYN at least once a year for regular checkups and immediately if they experience abnormal symptoms. Although preventing fibroids might not be possible, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping up with your doctor visits will allow you to treat any problem promptly and efficiently.
Women’s OB-GYN Center offers you the best quality care. The clinic has two locations, one in Pasadena, Texas, and the other in Webster, Texas. Make your health a priority; contact us today to book your appointment.