UTERINE FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus.

    UTERINE FIBROIDS

    Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They also are called leiomyomas or myomas. The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly. They may be inside the uterus, on its outer surface or within its wall, or attached to it by a stem-like structure. A woman may have only one fibroid or many of varying sizes. A fibroid may remain very small for a long time and suddenly grow rapidly, or grow slowly over a number of years.

     

    CAUSES OF FIBROIDS

    The actual cause of fibroid is unknown. There is very little known about why fibroids form, increase, or shrink in size. Scientists have found that the fibroid in the uterus is affected by the hormones – estrogen and progesterone. The increased hormone levels during pregnancy can cause the fibroid to increase in size. These fibroids return to their regular size after pregnancy.

    Some researchers believe that fibroids could be hereditary. They feel that the cause of fibroids is genetics. However, there is no conclusive evidence. Preventative measures for fibroids are limited due to the lack of knowledge regarding the cause of fibroids.

    FIBROID UTERUS TREATMENT

    Uterine fibroids treatment is recommended only when it is causing pain or physical discomfort. Generally, uterine fibroids reduce or disappear as a woman enters menopause. Some doctors recommend this wait and watch technique to ascertain if treatment is required.

    UTERUS FIBROIDS TREATMENT IS OF SEVERAL TYPES:
    • Gn-RH (Gonadotropin-releasing hormone) agonists
    • Myomectomy: A procedure to remove the fibroids. This procedure can be hysteroscopy or laparoscopic
    • Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus and a permanent solution to prevent fibroids
    • Non-invasive procedure: performed using an ultrasound transducer to destroy the fibroids.
    • Uterine artery embolization

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