Fibroids and What You Need to Know Usually harmless, uterine fibroids occur in 3 out of 4 women

What are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow on the uterus. During their childbearing years, 1 in 5 women will develop harmless fibroids. You should learn all your options. Call us to schedule an appointment at our Center in Neenah. We’re within easy driving distance of Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh and surrounding areas.

Symptoms

Most women have small fibroids and do not experience symptoms.

In some cases, the uterine fibroid will cause these symptoms:

  • Spotting (bleeding inbetween periods)
  • Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)
  • Urinating more often than usual

 

Causes

The cause of uterine fibroids is unclear, but have been linked to the hormone estrogen (female hormone).

The different types of fibroids depend on the location where they form:

  • Myometrial (in the wall of the uterus)
  • Submucosal (under the surface of uterus)
  • Subserosal (under covering of uterus)
  • Pedunculated (outside the cavity of the uterus)

Treatment

Usually fibroids do not require treatment as they will eventually shrink.  Treatment options depend on severity and size.

Non-Surgical options include:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • IUDs (Intrauterine devices)
  • Iron supplements
  • NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Short-Term hormonal therapy injections

Surgical options include:

  • Hysteroscopic resection
  • Myomectomy
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Hysterectomy

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