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What Are Uterine Fibroids?



What Are Uterine Fibroids?

One of the most prevalent reproductive concerns among women is the formation of noncancerous tumors on and in the uterus. However, uterine fibroids Houston, TX, do not always have symptoms. For this reason, patients need to schedule gynecologic visits to promote early diagnosis of these growths and thus enable physicians to develop a treatment plan that will optimize reproductive health.

What are uterine fibroids?

These benign growths are also known as leiomyomas. The main components of uterine fibroids include muscle and connective tissue. The uterus is one of the essential parts of a woman’s reproductive system because it carries a fetus throughout pregnancy. Another name for the uterus is the womb.

Fibroids usually grow inside the uterine walls or outside. These benign growths not only vary in location but also in size and number. For this reason, it is essential to seek medical intervention for any reproductive health concerns you may have to receive a comprehensive analysis of your uterus and an accurate diagnosis, thus an appropriate treatment plan.

 Are fibroids common?

Fibroids are among the most prevalent growths that develop in the pelvis. Many women with fibroids; however, not all exhibit symptoms, especially those with small fibroids, asymptomatic, that do not cause noticeable concerns.

Who can get uterine fibroids?

Physicians do not know the exact cause of uterine fibroids. However, certain risk factors increase a woman’s chance of developing these benign growths in the pelvis. For example:

·         Obesity

·         Not having children

·         Late menopause

·         Getting menstrual periods early

·         Family history of fibrosis

It is not common for young girls to get fibroids, especially those who have not reached their periods.

Where do fibroids grow?

Fibroids can grow inside or outside the womb. Size and location are important factors that doctors confirm to develop an ideal treatment plan for patients with fibroids. There are different types of fibroids depending on their uterine location. For example:

·         Submucosal: These fibroids usually grow in the uterine cavity, where a fetus grows during pregnancy.

·         Intramural: Patients with this type of fibroids have benign growths inside the muscular wall of the uterus.

·         Subserosal: These fibroids are close to the outside wall of the uterus

·         Pedunculated: These fibroids are on the outside of the uterus, with a thin stem connecting them to the uterus.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Most women with fibroids do not know that they have these growths because they do not get any symptoms. Also, some women may have fibroids but do not require treatment other than regular checkups because they are harmless. However, women with large fibroids experience symptoms and may seek treatment to relieve their concerns. Some of the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy menstruation, frequent urination, painful sex, chronic vaginal discharge, and bloating. Contact Alate Health if you suspect that you have uterine fibroids to schedule diagnostic tests to confirm the root cause of your symptoms and help your doctor develop the right approach to address your concerns.