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  • Dr. Gina Simone

Uterine Fibroids: The Overview

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

So, you have just been diagnosed with fibroid tumors. Stop..... Don’t freak out!

You may be thinking what a lot of people are thinking... “I have cancer.” Tumors don’t necessarily mean cancer. As a matter of fact, most uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) and rarely become cancerous.

Uterine fibroids are one of the most common types of tumors found in the reproductive system of women. They are fibrous masses found within the womb and can occur in any of the three layers of the uterus. Although, any woman can get them, there are some populations that are at higher risk than others, including: women ages 30-40, Black and Latino women, women with a family history of fibroids, and women with poor dietary habits.

Because uterine fibroids are so common and vary in size, you may or may not have any symptoms. There are several common symptoms associated with fibroids:

  1. Heavy periods

  2. Pelvic pressure or pain

  3. Miscarriages

  4. Enlarged uterus

  5. Urinary frequency

One of the most common misconceptions when you’re diagnosed is that you need to have a hysterectomy. There are so many other options like medical therapy, minimally invasive therapy, and other options to manage your symptoms.

QUICK NOTE: Uterine fibroids diagnosis may not mean the end of your uterus.

Before you try to make a decision on what to do, make sure you first identify your symptoms, do your own research, and, of course, talk to you healthcare provider. This way, you can tailor your treatment to manage what is going on with you.

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