Fibroids are one of the most common tumors of the female reproductive tract. Although benign, fibroids can sometimes present many painful and challenging symptoms affecting the quality of work, sex and social life of women. These are some of the most important questions every woman of reproductive age needs to ask themselves.
Some of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
- Heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Constipation and bloating
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Frequent urination
- Pain during sex
Women in their reproductive years are at the highest risk for fibroids. Heredity factors can also increase the risk of developing fibroids. Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate the development of the uterine lining during each menstrual cycle also appear to control the growth of fibroids.
Most women suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids believe that hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is their only option. At USA Fibroid Centers we strive to spread awareness about non-surgical treatment options available to treat the symptoms of fibroids. We offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical fibroid treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) during which the blood supply to the fibroid(s) is blocked and the symptoms gradually disappear. The recovery time for this procedure is 1-2 weeks and there is no scarring involved. Most women experience a huge improvement in their quality of life after a UFE procedure.
Fibroids cause heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding which can lead to an iron deficiency or anemia. This condition can cause women to feel tired and experience fatigue and can lead to more serious complications if left untreated.
After a UFE procedure, the fibroid(s) shrinks or eventually dies and the symptoms gradually disappear, women experience lighter and shorter menstrual periods and their sex life is improved.