Why are Fibroids a concern?

December 23, 2014

Uterine fibroids grow on the inside or outside of a woman’s uterus, and can also be present on the uterine wall. Many women understandably want to know: Are fibroids dangerous, or do they just potentially cause painful problems?

The Prevalence of Fibroids

Doctors sometimes refer to uterine fibroids as fibroid tumors, but do not become confused or alarmed and assume that fibroids are cancerous. They are rarely cancerous, and many women do not even know they have them. Physicians are uncertain as to the exact causes of uterine fibroids, but many believe they are somehow related to the production of female hormones. This may be why women are commonly diagnosed with fibroids in their 30s and 40s when their hormones oftentimes begin to change in preparation for menopause.

When to Be Concerned

Although many women do not have problems with uterine fibroids, there are some complications that can occur. The potential dangers of fibroids include intense pain in the pelvic area, coupled with heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be particularly dangerous if you are already at risk for anemia. Other issues, such as pain during bowel movements, frequent urination and bloating are also symptoms that could be caused by uterine fibroids. Although the dangers of fibroids are obvious for a person who is at a higher than normal risk of experiencing anemia, the other symptoms mentioned can cause disruption to the overall quality of life for any woman.

Prescription Medicines to Treat Fibroids

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, a doctor may prescribe pharmaceutical interventions for pain relief and/or to shrink the size of existing fibroids. Additionally, medicine may be prescribed to compensate for symptoms of anemia. However, these solutions are temporary, and many women prefer treating the actual cause of the problem, the fibroids, rather than just attending to the symptoms.

An Easy Way to Treat Fibroids

Fortunately, women now have the welcome opportunity to pursue an outpatient procedure that uses the FDA-cleared Acessa System to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. Using a laparoscope, a physician treats all of a patient’s detectable fibroids, so the chances of reoccurring problems are quite low. This minimally-invasive procedure also allows women to return back to work in only four to five days, especially if they take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medication after the procedure.

If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, it’s important to keep in mind that the condition is very common among women who are still having their menstrual cycles. Luckily, the Acessa System offers an appealing way to treat this problematic condition in a way that makes sense for women who want to be proactive about their health.

Sources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids-symptoms
  2. http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids-topic-overview
  3. http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids-medications
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