Uterine Fibroids: The Why, What, and How
Why do you have uterine fibroids?
There are many different causes of uterine fibroids, with the most common cause being hormones. Uterine fibroids can also be caused by genetics, age, changes in hormone levels (pregnancy or menopause), certain medications, and even stress.
There are three grades of uterine fibroids that depend on how invasive they are:
- Submucosal – completely inside the uterus wall
- Intramural – under the uterus wall
- Subserosal – on the outside of the uterus.
The first two grades have a higher risk of complications and usually require treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, there are ways to manage them such as medication and treatments such as a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This article will help you understand what uterine fibroids are and what to do if you have been diagnosed with them.
What exactly are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in or around the uterus. They are the most common nonmalignant gynecological tumor. Uterine fibroids are most commonly found in women of childbearing age, but they can occur at any age. Fibroids are made up of muscle tissue, smooth muscle, and connective tissue. They are typically round, but can also be elongated.
How do you manage uterine fibroids?
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, there are treatments available that can help manage them. If you are experiencing pain, the first course of action is to speak with us here at National Vascular Physicians (click here to contact us) about potential treatment options. Even though uterine fibroids are common, your case and situation are unique, so our specialists will discuss the right treatment plan for you when you come in.