Do I Have Uterine Fibroids? Know Your Symptoms and Treatments
Sudden bursts of pain in the pelvic regions. Heavy periods. Anemia. While uterine fibroids are common and most women have them at some point, some are so large or located near the uterus that they cause these types of issues and the only solution is surgery.
Exactly What are Uterine Fibroids?
These benign tumors are formed in the uterus in either the endometrial cavity or the muscular layer of the uterus. Sometimes they can also end up protruding outside of the uterus. Most of the lumps are asymptomatic and women won’t need any sort of medical treatment.
A blueberry a day: Why uterine fibroids form is still relatively unknown, making them tricky to prevent and not easy to diagnose. Some studies show that diet can prevent the growth of fibroids. Limiting fat-laden or processed foods may help since added hormones and pesticides increase estrogen levels, which in turn can boost fibroid growth. Women should be sure to consume ample amounts of green, leafy vegetables and add food with antioxidants such as berries and beans in their diets.
Pain and infertility: Abdominal pain similar to cramps but much more extreme, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods and pelvic pressure are some of the symptoms of fibroids. In addition, since the embryo is implanted in the lining of the uterus during pregnancy, fibroids can cause fertility issues
Treatment options: Smaller fibroids can be kept at bay with birth control pills and certain medications. Myomectomy is a common and effective treatment for large uterine fibroids. The laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that will remove the fibroids and alleviate associated pain, heavy bleeding, infertility and miscarriage risk.
If you’re living with painful periods, extreme pelvic pressure or dealing with infertility, you may be a candidate for this procedure. Call Dr. Ghozland’s office at 310.299.7143 for a free consultation.