There are many medical treatment options that may be presented to women having benign tumors in their uterus, commonly known to us as fibroids. Here, we are to tackle what these options are. Nonetheless, it is important to get acquainted with what fibroids are and its signs and symptoms that should prompt us to see our medical practitioner immediately.
Getting Acquainted With Fibroids
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. Growth on the surface of the uterus is termed as subserosal fibroid. Intramural fibroids, on the other hand, are those fibroids that grow in the muscular parts of the uterine cavity. And submucosal fibroid is the term used for fibroid growth within the uterine cavity.
The medical term for fibroid is leiomyoma. It is therefore a type of myoma, a tumor. A tumor is the term used for the new growth of tissues. Thus, fibroids are tumors under the classification of myoma. However, it is imperative to put an emphasis that fibroids are benign tumors.
Signs and Symptoms
A number of signs and symptoms are made known to us nowdays. These indications, if detected, should alert us to see a doctor right away. This is for the reason that fibroids, although considered as benign tumors, may have the potential to cause other medical health problems.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for:
• Abnormal increase in menstrual bleeding called menorrhagia
• Urgency to urinate, increase in urination or worst, the inability to urinate
• Constitution due to the pressure on the rectum
• Pain caused by pressure on the pelvis thereby manifesting as pain on the lower abdominal area
• Increase in size of the waistline
• Change in the shape of the abdominal area
• Pelvic mass upon pelvic examination done by the health practitioner
The treatment of fibroids may depend on the size and location of the fibroids, as well as the manifesting signs and symptoms. Age may also be considered, plus the affected woman's general health. The yearning to conceive is also taken into consideration. Nonetheless, in most cases, treatment is not a necessity, especially if no signs and symptoms are obvious.
Medication may be given such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Others will be recommended to undergo surgery such as myomectomy and hysterectomy. Uterine artery embolization is also taken into consideration as it shows great promise in the treatment of fibroids.
Dilation and Curettage or D & C is the procedure done by scraping the uterine cavity. This is recommended for affected women whose signs and symptoms include abnormal and excessive vaginal bleeding due to fibroids. Nonetheless, bleeding due to fibroids may be controlled by the use of hormonal medications.
The above treatment options must be thoroughly discussed with your medical practitioner. This is due in some other instances, you may not need to go through surgical treatments; rather, medications and other alternative treatments may be good enough.