Uterine Fibroids: The Overview
Updated: May 20
Before you read this blog, I am assuming you are already familiar with your uterus.
So, you have just been diagnosed with fibroid tumors.
Stop..... Don’t freak out......
You’re thinking what most of my patients are thinking when they hear those words; “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 the most common type of tumors found in the reproductive system of women. More specifically, they are fibrous masses found within the womb and can occur in all three layers of the uterus. Although, any woman can get them, there are some populations that have a higher incidence 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:
Pelvic pressure or pain
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.