Uterine Fibroids Treatment
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or outside a womens uterus. Fibroids are very common in women and are usually too small to cause any problems or be noticed. They can also appear during childbearing years.
Uterine Fibroids Symptoms
The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include: heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, abnormal periods, difficulty emptying your bladder, frequent urination, and constipation.
Surgery can be used to remove fibroids only or remove the entire uterus. hysterectomy- is the removal of the entire uterus and is a proven way to get rid of fibroids, but it may not be the best option for every patient.
Hysterectomy’s are only recommended for women who have no future pregnancies planned. Medication prescribed by your doctor may be the best option to stop fibroid growth or to shrink them in cases where women plan on having future pregnancies.
Alternative to Hysterectomy
Another great alternative to a hysterectomy, is a myomectomy. Myomectomy is the surgical removable of fibroids from the uterus and makes pregnancy more likely then before.
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