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Understanding and Managing Uterine Fibroids

Key Facts About Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms, Treatments, and Natural Management.


July is Fibroid Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on a condition that affects millions of women worldwide. Whether you're dealing with fibroids yourself or know someone who is, understanding this condition can make a significant difference. Let’s dive into what fibroids are, the symptoms, the risk factors, and the various treatment options available.


What Are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus. They are incredibly common, affecting up to 80% of women by the age of 50. These growths vary in size and number, and while some women may not even realize they have fibroids, others can experience severe symptoms that impact their daily lives.

types of uterine fibroids

Common Symptoms of Fibroids

The symptoms of fibroids can vary greatly from one woman to another. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Heavy or Prolonged Menstrual Periods: This can sometimes lead to anemia.

  • Pelvic Pain or Pressure: A feeling of fullness or bloating in the lower abdomen.

  • Frequent Urination: Due to pressure on the bladder.

  • Pain During Intercourse

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Constipation

  • Reproductive Issues: Including infertility or complications during pregnancy and labor


Who Is at Risk?

Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing fibroids:

  • Age: Women between 30 and 50 years old are more likely to develop fibroids.

  • Race: African American women are disproportionately affected, with a prevalence rate three times higher than other racial groups.

  • Obesity: Excess body weight is linked to higher estrogen levels, which can promote fibroid growth.

  • Family History: If your mother or sister had fibroids, your risk is higher.

  • Diet: A diet high in red meat and low in green vegetables, fruit, and dairy can increase the risk.


Treatment Options for Fibroids

If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids, it’s important to know that there are several treatment options available, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your personal circumstances:

  1. Watchful Waiting: For women with minor symptoms, regular monitoring may be all that’s needed.

  2. Herbal supplements: Vitex, Milk Thistle, Green Tea extract.

  3. Medications: These can help manage symptoms but won’t eliminate fibroids.

  4. Non-Invasive Procedures:

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE): A procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink.

  1. Minimally Invasive Procedures:

  • Laparoscopic or Robotic Myomectomy: Removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus.

  1. Traditional Surgical Procedures:

  • Hysterectomy: Complete removal of the uterus, which is the only permanent solution for fibroids but is usually considered a last resort.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Fibroids

Can fibroids turn cancerous? Fibroids are typically benign, and the chance of them becoming cancerous (leiomyosarcoma) is very low.

Can fibroids affect my fertility? Yes, fibroids can sometimes cause infertility or complications during pregnancy, depending on their size and location.

Are there lifestyle changes that can help manage fibroids? Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and managing stress can help manage symptoms and potentially reduce the risk of developing fibroids.


banner for fibroid awareness month in july


Getting Involved and Supporting the Cause

Fibroid Awareness Month provides numerous opportunities to get involved and support those affected:

  • Wear White: On July 1st, join the National Wear White Day to show solidarity.

  • Share on Social Media: Use the hashtag #FibroidAwarenessMonth to spread the word.

  • Attend Events: Participate in local awareness events and educational forums.

  • Advocate for Research: Support organizations that focus on fibroid research and advocacy.


By increasing awareness and knowledge about fibroids, we can help women make informed decisions about their health and encourage early treatment and support.

For more information and resources, visit the National Institutes of Health, Fibroid Institute Dallas, and Texas Fibroid Awareness Month.


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Disclaimer:

This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related topics. The information shared on this website or in any linked material should not be considered or used as a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or medical treatment. In case of medical concerns, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice.



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