Fibroids are the most common tumors of the female reproductive system. They are firm, compact tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. 20-75% of women are estimated to have fibroids during their reproductive years, though over 99% are benign. Fibroids can also be termed myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas.
Fibroids symptoms can range from minor to severe. In some cases, they might not be apparent at all. It’s important to note that symptoms are different for each person. Common symptoms for uterine fibroids include heavy or prolonged menstrual cycle, bleeding between periods, pelvic pain, frequent urination, and pain during intercourse. A firm mass located near the middle of the pelvis is also a common symptom, which the doctor will be able to feel during an exam.
Fibroids are usually discovered during a routine pelvic examination. Other common ways fibroids are discovered include X-rays, MRIs, hysteroscopies, endometrial biopsies, and blood tests. If there is a fibroid, these tests will reveal its firm, irregular mass to the physician.
Fibroids stop growing and can even decrease in size as a woman nears menopause. Thus, physicians suggest keeping a close eye to ensure there are no significant changes, growth, or developments. If the fibroids become large and cause dangerous symptoms, the physician will determine the best course of action. Common treatments include anti-inflammatory painkillers, anti-hormonal agents, Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, conservative surgical therapy, uterine artery embolization, and/or a hysterectomy.
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