Signs You Have Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common in women of childbearing age, many of whom don’t even realize they have these (almost always) benign growths. However, for others these muscular tumors cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that can make life miserable.

The board-certified physicians at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC offer interventional radiology services for adults and children in and around the New York communities of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our team is well known for providing highly effective, minimally invasive care for conditions such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), benign prostatic enlargement, varicose veins, and uterine fibroids.

Read what these experts say about uterine fibroids’ symptoms and the treatment they offer for these typically non-cancerous but often troublesome tumors.

The basics of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are growths (tumors) that develop in the muscular tissue of the uterus. Medical science rarely says “never,” but fibroids are almost always benign (noncancerous).

These tumors contain smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue and may remain as small as a pea or grow as large as a grapefruit. You may have one fibroid or many.

Uterine fibroids are classified according to their location within the uterus. Some, for instance, grow within the uterine wall and are known as intramural fibroids. Others bulge into the uterine cavity (submucosal) or extend outward from the uterus into the pelvic cavity (subserosal).

Often appearing during childbearing years and possibly linked to hormonal changes, fibroids tend to shrink and cause fewer symptoms after menopause.

Signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids

Depending on their size, number, and location, uterine fibroids may not cause any issues. When symptomatic, however, they can result in:

These symptoms can vary in severity, worsen periodically and then fade, or become constant.

While not considered life-threatening or particularly dangerous, health complications related to uterine fibroids include anemia (low red blood cell count) caused by heavy menstrual bleeding.

Uterine fibroids may also alter the uterus’ size and shape and are often discovered accidentally during a routine pelvic exam. Rarely, these growths can interfere with fertility or prevent an embryo from successfully attaching to the uterine wall. They may also increase your risk of pregnancy complications such as placental abruption, fetal growth restriction, and preterm delivery.

Treating uterine fibroids

The treatment offered at Vein and Vascular Solutions (uterine fibroid embolization) is a minimally invasive procedure that provides an effective alternative to hormonal therapy, surgical removal, and other therapies physicians may recommend for symptomatic fibroids.

During embolization, your vascular specialist makes a small, needle-size incision over an artery near the fibroid. Using advanced X-ray imaging for guidance, he inserts a tiny tube (catheter) into the vessel. He releases a medically approved substance that blocks blood flow to the targeted fibroid(s). This causes the growth to shrink and die.  

You don’t have to live with symptomatic uterine fibroids! Schedule an evaluation at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC today. Call our office or request an appointment online. 

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