Health Guide

Fibroid is a non-cancerous growth in the uterus that can develop during a women’s childbearing years.

The cause of fibroid isn’t well understood.

Risk factor include:

  • Family history of fibroids
  • Obesity
  • Early onset of Puberty (Hormones Estrogen and Progesterone appear to promote growth of fibroids).

Symptoms include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged period and pelvic pain
  • Frequent urination
  • In some cases there are no symptoms.

A little about fibroid:

  • Fibroids if left untreated can grow and continue to grow both in size and number.
  • Fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous), Rarely less than 1 in 1000 a cancerous fibroid will occur, This is called leiomyosarcoma.
  • Fibroids typically grows slowly or not at all.
  • In many cases they shrink on their own, especially after menopause.
  • You may not need a treatment unless you’re bothered by symptoms.
  • Many women who have fibroids can get pregnant naturally.
  • In some cases fibroids can impact your fertility.
  • To know if your fibroids are growing is when you experience an increase in symptoms such as heavier bleeding or more pain than usual.
  • To detect fibroids we do ultrasound and if required MRI pelvis.

Can Fibroids Turn Into Cancer?

Fibroids are 99.99% benign.

What are the Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

  • It is an effective alternative to hormonal treatment & surgery
  • Minimal hospital stay
  • Completely non-invasive – no surgery and no blood loss
  • Preserves the uterus, cervix and ovaries
  • improvement in your quality of life
  • Significant decrease in menstrual bleeding from symptomatic fibroids
  • Quick return to normal activities

How Do I know For Sure That I Have Fibroids?

  • Following are the methods:
  • Pelvic examination
  • PAP smear
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  • Hysterosonogram
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy

Who are at Risk for Uterine Fibroids?

  • Following are the factors
  • Family history.
  • Age
  • Obesity.
  • Eating habits
  • Ethnic origin

What are the treatment options for fibroids?

  • Supportive care-Monitoring for changes or improvement.
  • Devices- Progestin IUD
  • Medication- Birth control, Hormones, Suppressants.
  • Medical Procedure- Uterine Artery Embolization.
  • Surgery