Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years in women. Also called fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.
As many as 3 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives, but most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Half of all women have fibroids by the age of 50. Your doctor may discover fibroids incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.
In general, uterine fibroids seldom require treatment. Medical therapy and surgical procedures can shrink or remove fibroids if you have discomfort or troublesome symptoms. Rarely, fibroids can require emergency treatment if they cause sudden, sharp pelvic pain or profuse menstrual bleeding. Fibroids can be so tiny that you need a microscope to see them. However, they can grow very large. They may fill the entire uterus, and may weigh several pounds. Although it is possible for just one fibroid to develop, usually there are more than one.
The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic cramping or pain with periods
- Sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen
- Pain during intercourse
Treatment for uterine fibroids depends on various things including your age, general health, severity of symptoms, type of fibroids and whether you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. The best solution for treatment is to visit your primary physician for a pelvic exam so a proper examination can be conducted.
Wake Research is currently enrolling women with uterine fibroids for a clinical study. To find out more about the study and to see if you may qualify, call our office at (919) 781-2514 or visit our volunteer studies page for uterine fibroids.
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