Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that originate from the smooth muscle portion of the uterus (myometrium). They are the most common benign tumors in women of reproductive age, although they can occur at any age. In many cases, uterine fibroids are found in multiples and can affect the menstrual cycle and bleeding.

Uterine-FibroidsSymptoms related to these benign tumors may include pain during menstruation, painful intercourse, heavy bleeding, urinary problems, abdominal pain, bloating, painful defecation, back pain and infertility. If fibroids are present during pregnancy, they may cause bleeding, miscarriage or preterm labor.

Diagnosis of uterine fibroids is usually made with a bimanual examination and ultrasound techniques. Treatment for this condition may vary according to the severity of the symptoms, size of the fibroids, location, age, desire for fertility and possible risk factors. Such treatments may include a medication or surgical approach. In some cases, they may be left untreated and may be asymptomatic. Consult your gynecologist to learn what options may work best for you.

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