What are Uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign growths found in a woman’s pelvis. The size of the fibroids can vary ranging from pea-sized to 6 inches wide. Fibroids have also been known to grow large enough to fill the pelvis or abdomen.
Where are they found in the pelvis?
Uterine fibroids are found in the uterus, the outer surface of the uterus, the uterine wall, or attached to the uterine wall by a stem-like structure.
What are the symptoms of Uterine fibroids?
There are numerous symptoms a woman can experience when uterine fibroids are present, including:
- Menstruation that may be more frequent, heavier, and longer than normal.
- Cramping, non-menstrual vaginal bleeding, and anemia due to blood loss may also be present.
- Pain in the abdomen or lower back area.
- Pain during sex.
- Feeling pressure when urinating.
- Constipation and stomach cramps.
- The abdomen and uterus may appear enlarged or distended.
- Miscarriages and infertility.
How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
There are numerous ways uterine fibroids can be diagnosed by your doctor:
How can uterine fibroids be treated?
- Medication such as birth control pills, gonandotropin-releasing hormone agonists, or progestin-releasing intrauterine device.
- Myomectomy, which is the removal of fibroids through surgery by using laparotomy, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy methods.
If you think you may have uterine fibroids, or have had a history of them and think that you may have them again, always see your doctor so he or she can make an accurate diagnosis and the correct treatment can be implemented.
Your doctor’s appointments are an opportunity to make the most of your health care visit. However, as a patient, you may feel limited by the amount of time that you have with their doctor, or may feel pressured to make your concerns quick and to the point.
Your health and wellness is a top priority in your life. The following tips can help you prepare for a successful and efficient health care visit with doctor.
- Ask questions. When you visit your doctor, make sure you bring with you a list of questions you want to ask him or her. Being prepared for your visit will help alleviate stress and frustration.
- Be upfront. If there is something you are unsure about, but are afraid to ask, ask it anyway. Remember: your health and wellness is of the utmost importance. Don’t leave the doctor’s office with questions unanswered.
- Medications. Part of preparing for your doctor’s visit is ensuring that you have all of your medications with you. When your doctor has full disclosure on what is happening in your life, he or she can help you more efficiently and effectively.
- Support network. There may come a time when you require extra support during your doctor’s visit. Maybe you are extremely concerned about a health situation and need to have a friend or family member with you. If you are facing a serious health condition, bringing someone with you to the appointment will not only give you a shoulder to lean on, but can be a great support when it comes to understanding the information the doctor is providing.
- Be open and honest. If something is concerning you, if you are embarrassed about an issue, maybe you forgot to do what the doctor ordered the first time around and now the condition has become worse, just tell it like it is. Your doctor knows that not everyone is going to follow a doctor’s advice. Your doctor can better treat you when he or she is fully aware of what is happening.
Following these tips can lead to better communication and a more effective relationship with your healthcare practitioner.