Are Fibroids Complicating Your Life?
Pelvic pain. Heavy bleeding. A wrench thrown into your plans. These are just some of the symptoms of uterine fibroids, a challenging condition more than half of women face. The good news: we’re here to talk about less invasive treatment options that may be right for you.
50% of women nationwide who struggle with uterine fibroids share concerns and questions such as: Is a hysterectomy my only option? How do I get the bleeding to stop? Will having fibroids impact my fertility?
The Fibroid Center at Stamford Health is here to help you answer these questions and manage all aspects of care for your uterine fibroids.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are firm tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. In many cases, women can have more than one fibroid, or more than one type of fibroid, in the uterus. Fibroids are not cancerous, nor do they increase risk for uterine cancer. Some women show no symptoms at all, especially if the fibroids are small. Symptoms may include:
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavy bleeding and fatigue during periods
- Frequent urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- A firm pass, located near middle of pelvis
- Passing of blood clots
- Pelvic pain and/or pressure; low back pain
Know Your Treatment Options
At the Fibroid Center, we want to offer all possible treatment options to you, including:
- Myomectomy or fibroid excision
- Uterine artery embolization (uterine fibroid embolization): A nonsurgical therapy to treat fibroid symptoms and preserve the uterus with little to no blood loss. Non-hormonal medications
- Endometrial ablation: removing a thin layer of tissue that lines the uterus
- Hormonal medications & intrauterine devices
- Hysterectomy: a complete removal of the uterus, often performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive).