It is always unnerving when a growth develops, regardless of where it is on the body or what the cause is. Finding out that the growth is benign is relieving, but still provides a lot of questions. This is the case with uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are growths that develop in or on a women’s uterus, but for no malignant cause. The growths are not fatal, though they can disrupt normal uterine functioning, which can spell disaster for a couple hoping to conceive and begin a family. When uterine fibroids are identified the best course of action is to have them removed. If you have having trouble conceiving and think that uterine fibroids may be the cause, contact your Viera, Florida fertility specialist.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are small growths that develop on the uterus. While technically considered a type of tumor, the fibroids are non-cancerous and therefore are not as concerning as uterine cancer. When uterine fibroids develop they can be large or small. The largest of these fibroids can cause significant discomfort, including heavy menstrual bleeding, cramps, and difficulty urinating. Smaller fibroids may cause no symptoms at all, and are frequently only identified during a routine check-up.
What causes uterine fibroids is still entirely unknown. However, these are an exceptionally common issue. As many as 70 to 80 percent of women will have uterine fibroids at least once by the age of 50. For this reason, a diagnosis of uterine fibroids is nothing to become overly stressed about. Working with your surgeon for the timely removal of uterine fibroids is the best treatment option for this condition.
Treating Uterine Fibroids
The surgical removal of uterine fibroids is the best treatment option. The fibroids will typically be diagnosed during an appointment at Viera Fertility Center so working with your fertility specialist to discuss treatment options is your best plan.
Other than surgery, there are a series of home remedies that you can attempt that will potentially ease the discomfort associated with uterine fibroids. Over the counter pain medication, relaxation and breathing techniques, and dietary changes may lessen the symptoms and discomfort of uterine fibroids, but will not actually remove the growths. The only way to entirely remove uterine fibroids is via surgery.
If you worry that uterine fibroids are keeping you from becoming a mother, please contact us today. Your Viera fertility specialist will be able to examine your uterus and determine if you have developed fibroids, and discuss your treatment options.