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FROM SYMPTOMS TO SOLUTIONS

Now that you know more about what fibroids are, the next step is finding out whether you have them. Some symptoms, like back pain, could simply be the result of everyday strain. But when your symptoms add up, it could lead to a diagnosis of fibroids and treatment options.
 

Now that you know more about what fibroids are, the next step is finding out whether you have them. Some symptoms, like back pain, could simply be the result of everyday strain. But when your symptoms add up, it could lead to a diagnosis of fibroids and treatment options.
 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

Though uterine fibroids can manifest themselves in several ways, here are some of the most common symptoms:1

  1. Painful and prolonged menstrual periods
  2. Excessive uterine bleeding
  3. Difficulty with urination and constipation
  4. Pressure in the pelvic area
  5. Pressure in the belly
  6. Lower back and leg pain

GETTING THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS

Uterine fibroids are usually diagnosed during a pelvic exam, so if you experience some of the symptoms above, make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may also send you for an ultrasound examination or MRI for more confirmation. These exams can detect fibroids, as well as determine their precise location and size.

STANDARD TREATMENTS

When you’re first diagnosed, lots of thoughts go rushing through your mind. So, try not to get ahead of yourself and take a deep breath (or two). There are several treatments available that can treat your uterine fibroids:

As a first course of action, therapy for uterine fibroids may include the use of drugs to provide control of symptoms—including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), birth control pills, and hormone therapy.2

Many women are offered fibroid treatments like a myomectomy or a hysterectomy.
  • A myomectomy is a minimally invasive surgical option that removes the fibroids, without removing the uterus, and preserves the possibility of getting pregnant.3
  • A hysterectomy is a surgical option that involves the removal of the uterus, and in some cases, the ovaries. Though it’s is a permanent solution, it also eliminates the possibility of getting pregnant in the future. And since surgery by nature is more invasive, the recovery times are longer, typically 2-6 weeks.4

Read more about surgical solutions.

WITH UFEU HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE

Did you know there may be a way to get freedom from your fibroids without hormone therapy OR surgery? Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, offers a less invasive experience, while successfully treating fibroids. It works by blocking the flow of blood to uterine fibroids, depriving them of the oxygen and nutrients they require to grow.5 And the typical UFE procedure lasts less than one hour and doesn’t require an extended hospital stay. Talk to your doctor to see if UFE could be for u.

Did you know there may be a way to get freedom from your fibroids without hormone therapy OR surgery? Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, offers a less invasive experience, while successfully treating fibroids. It works by blocking the flow of blood to uterine fibroids, depriving them of the oxygen and nutrients they require to grow.5 And the typical UFE procedure lasts less than one hour and doesn’t require an extended hospital stay. Talk to your doctor to see if UFE could be for u.

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References

  1. Women’s Health.Gov . Uterine Fibroids. Accessed July, 2017. (https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids)
  2. Medicine Plus. Living with Uterine Fibroids. Accessed July, 2017
    (https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000715.htm)
  3. Mayo Clinic. Tests and Procedures: Myomectomy. Accessed July, 2017 (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/myomectomy/home/ovc-20205346)
  4. Medicine Plus. Hysterectomy. Accessed July, (2017https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002915.htm)
  5. Mayo Clinic. Tests & Procedures: Uterine artery embolization. Accessed July, 2017 (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/uterine-artery-embolization/home/ovc-20205349)

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