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What You Should Know About Uterine Fibroids

 
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What You Should Know About Uterine Fibroids

Posted by Atlanta Vascular and Vein in Uterine Fibroids 20 Jan 2016

The likelihood of a woman getting uterine fibroids is quite high. In fact, rendering the National Institute of Health, 1 in every 5 women of child bearing years develops uterine fibroids. However, fibroids are rare in women under 20 years of age and after menopause.

Unfortunately, many women are unaware that they even have fibroids. This is because there typically are no symptoms. But left untreated, symptoms can progress and become serious. According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 in every 4 women who have fibroids will suffer severe symptoms that will need treatment.

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Various Symptoms

Uterine fibroids are benign smooth muscle tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus. For the most part, you do not need treatment for uterine fibroids. However, at times they can become a problem. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Leg pain
  • Backache
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Frequent urination or incontinence
  • Menstrual bleeding is heavier than normal
  • Bleeding between periods or extended periods

 

Causes

Although the cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, researchers have discovered a number of factors that might increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids.

  • Obesity: woman overweight or obese are slightly higher risk of developing fibroids.
  • Genetics: Some specialists believe that fibroids could be hereditary. Also, identical twins are at a higher risk.
  • Ethnicity: African-Americans are most apt to get fibroids. In addition, the fibroids occur at a younger at and are larger in size. Asian women have a lower rate of fibroids.
  • Hormones: Fibroids are linked to increased estrogen production. Rare in women younger than 20 years of age or after menopause. Estrogen levels can vary with menopause, menstruation and some medications.
  • Lifestyle: a sedentary lifestyle and alcohol consumption have been linked with fibroids. In addition, environmental toxins may also affect gene activity in the uterus.

Treatment 

There are two main types of treatment for uterine fibroids – medication and surgery. Medications can provide temporary relief from symptoms and decrease the size of the fibroids. Medications cannot cure the problem.

On the other hand, surgery seems to be the best option, especially for submucosal uterine fibroids. Submucosal or intracavitary fibroids grow in the central part of the uterus, under the lining or in the entire area of the uterine cavity. These types of fibroids are common in women who have heavy menstrual bleeding. As the fibroids spread and get bigger there can be pain and severe bleeding. There is also a risk of death if they are left untreated.

Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center

If you suspect that you have uterine fibroids, it is best to make an appointment with a qualified physician as soon as possible. Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center offers not only individualized care but they are extremely compassionate in all that they do. Dr. Amish Tilara is highly specialized in treating various conditions, especially in women’s health such as vein treatment and treatment of uterine fibroids.

In addition, Dr. Amish Tilara provides considerate care for patients who suffer from pain, life threatening vascular problems or the incapacity to flourish in their daily living. Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center also serves the surrounding areas of Lawrenceville like Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee.

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