Uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) are the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus.  While some women with uterine fibroids may have to deal with pain, urinary urgency, bloating, or menstrual changes, many women don’t have any symptoms. Many women think their symptoms like heavy bleeding are normal, or ignore their discomfort for fear of getting treatment.

How women experience symptoms of uterine fibroids depends on the number, location, and size of the fibroids. In 30 to 40 percent cases, fibroids include symptoms such as an increased menstrual flow which can lead to anemia, cramping, and pain.[1] African-American women may have more severe fibroid symptoms. Women with large fibroids may experience symptoms like pelvic pressure on the uterus, bladder dysfunction, or increased urinary frequency, along with heavy bleeding. These symptoms can interfere with the quality of life of the women suffering from uterine fibroids.

Diagnosis

An examination of your pelvis may reveal a mass or enlarged uterus if you have uterine fibroids. A hemoglobin evaluation will allow for the detection of iron deficiency if you report of heavy bleeding during or in between your periods. An ultrasound test is one of the best ways to detect uterine fibroids. Due to its widespread availability and being inexpensive, ultrasounds are commonly used for the diagnosis of tumors in uterus.

Managing your fibroid symptoms

While it is important to go to a fibroid specialist if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, there are some pain management strategies you can try at home until you can get in to see a doctor. These include balancing your hormones naturally, adding more organic and detoxifying foods to your diet.[2]

Remember, it’s important to see an interventional radiologist or, a fibroid specialist with years of experience when dealing with uterine fibroids.

You can also use the below options to manage your fibroid symptoms before treatment:

  • Apply a hot water bottle on your lower stomach.
  • Exercise to increase your body’s natural pain killer, endorphins. However, pay attention to your body and don’t push yourself if you experience pain or discomfort.[3]
  • Other non-medication ways like relieving stress, healthy diet, medication, warm baths, special exercises that specifically help abdominal pain can help in improving symptom, but all these are temporary fixes and you will ultimately need treatment for uterine fibroids to fully relieve symptoms and have a better quality of life.
  • Eat plenty of fiber so that you don’t have to strain during bowel movements.[4]
  • Beta carotene rich foods (sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots), high iron foods (legumes or flaxseeds), and high fiber whole grains (buckwheat, spelt, oats and rye) can help in temporarily relieving fibroid symptoms.
  • Over the counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Acetaminophen.
  • Managing your blood pressure may improve symptoms as there is a correlation between high blood pressure and fibroids.
  • Managing your stress levels through relaxation techniques like yoga, massage, meditation and tai chi.
  • Foods that have high iron content like whole grains, spinach, shellfish, beans and lentils, pumpkin seeds, turkey, cashews, and dark chocolate. This can help combat anemia, often caused by heavy, prolonged bleeding.
  • Avoiding inflammatory foods and alcohol. This can help temporarily ease frequent urination and pelvic cramping until you are able to get further treatment.

 

A non-surgical option for fibroid treatment

Non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids is a safe, FDA-approved option for women who would like the chance to become pregnant and preserve their uterus. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical procedure which has proven to treat fibroid symptoms effectively.

This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is performed by uterine fibroid specialists at the USA Fibroid Centers. Uterine Fibroid Embolization, commonly known as UFE, shrinks uterine fibroids rapidly and eliminates symptoms without the need for surgery. Typically, UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) takes one week for full recovery and is performed in our outpatient clinics, so patients are able to return home the same day. This minimally-invasive procedure has been recommended by the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists for the treatment of uterine fibroid symptoms.[5]

Interventional Radiologists at USA Fibroid Centers will create a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you. Our fibroid doctors are specialists in treatment of uterine fibroids with years of experience. They provide exemplary care to the patients and are passionate about improving their overall quality of life.

Embolization for fibroids

While doing embolization for fibroids, our interventional radiologists will guide the delivery of small particles to the fibroids in your uterus. These small particles are injected into the blood vessels supplying your fibroids through a catheter. With their blood supply being cut off, fibroids shrink, starve, and eventually die.

For more information on fibroid pain treatment, please contact USA Fibroid Centers at (855) 615-2555, or fill our quick online form at https://usafibroidcenters.com/contact/. Our treatments are covered by most major health insurance, and some Medicaid plans.

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References:

  1. https://academic.oup.com/humupd/article/22/6/665/2420585  
  2. https://draxe.com/fibroids/  
  3. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000715.htm
  4. https://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids-dos-and-donts#1  
  1. http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/articles/obgyns-endorse-uterine-artery-embolization-fibroids