Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a growth that are found in the uterus. Fibroids are a form of a tumor. In most situations fibroids are not cancerous but instead benign. These type of fibroids, uterine fibroids, are usually found in one of three places; inside the uterus attached to the uterine wall, outside the uterus, or inside the lining of the uterus. These tumors range in size and tend to change size throughout their lifetime. Different things will cause the fibroids to increase in size and then shrink back down again. The most common cause of size increase is related to a change in hormonal activity within the body. Often during the woman’s period, the tumors will enlarge in size causing an increase in the blood flow and cramping as well. When the fibroids are of this enlarged size, there is often pressure on the bladder thus amplifying the urge to urinate. In addition, discomfort and possibly pain during sexual intercourse is likely. In most cases, living with uterine fibroids is manageable and women are able to deal with the “side affects” of having these tumors. In cases where a doctors determines the fibroids must be removed, this is an option. There are many different ways to achieve this, though using a laser to remove the tumors is now the most common practice. As aforementioned, the majority of women with uterine fibroids are able to function normally with their day to day activities. Women should know where their fibroids are located, how many they have, and how large they are. In this way, with the doctor, each woman will be able to monitor any changes an address concerns that might arise. Moreover, it is important to maintain annual checkups and stay abreast of the fibroids, and any problems or concerns that have come to light.

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