Although most uterine fibroids are considered to be harmless, a few are still known to be painful. In these cases, the proper management and treatment of uterine fibroids often become challenging, but necessary.
Uterine fibroids refer to growths that are found on the uterus. Dr Kwabena Essel, an obstetrician and gynaecologist in the East Rand, South Africa, believes that there are a few important points for the management and treatment of uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids occur from a stem cell in the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus, called the myometrium. The growth patterns of the uterine fibroids range from growing slowly or growing rapidly, or they just remain the same size. Some fibroids go through growth sprouts whilst some may shrink on their own. Uterine fibroids that are present during pregnancy shrink or disappear after giving birth, as the uterus goes back to its normal size.
Dr Essel will develop a treatment plan according to your age, the size of the uterine fibroid and your overall health. You may also receive a combination of treatments such as medication and surgical procedures.
There are a number of surgical procedure that can be used to remove uterine fibroids, from options such as destroying the uterine fibroids without doing it through surgery, to removing the uterine fibroids using surgery and incisions.
Even the tiniest fibroids can cause substantial blood clots and severe bleeding during your period.
Untreated uterine fibroids may have specific potentially serious side effects. Ignoring uterine fibroids can have several negative consequences, including pelvic pain, increased irregular bleeding, and anaemia. Fibroids can also make it difficult to conceive.
If fibroids are making it difficult for you to get pregnant or if you have other symptoms affecting your quality of life and other treatments have failed, you may want to consider surgery. If you wish to have a family, removing just the fibroids may help you become pregnant.