Uterine Fibroids are benign growths that are actually an overgrowth of the normal muscle tissue of the uterus. These growths are not cancerous. They are not going to cause any long-term significant health concerns in terms of life or death. However, this cancerous type problem can cause a lot of very difficult symptoms that can be really challenging for your quality of life and on a day-to-day or monthly basis when you have your period. Studies show that uterine fibroids affects about 20% of women and increases to 30% in African American women. The good news, uterine fibroids treatment is available; more on this later. Here are five symptoms to watch out for that could determine whether or not uterine fibroids is affecting you:
- Heavy Bleeding During Period – increased usage of pads and/or tampons to more than 10 times a day.
- Lots of Cramping – occurs during period cycle.
- Increased Urination Frequency – occurs when fibroids are pressing against
- Constipation – occurs when fibroids cause resistance to bowel flow.
- Growth in Lower Abdomen – occurs when fibroids have distended (swelling) your abdominal cavity.
Complications from fibroids can vary depending on where you are in your stage of life. Anemia can occur from heavy bleeding that causes low blood count. A symptom is extreme fatigue due to lack of blood flow. If you are taking over the counter medications, like Advil, Tylenol, etc to relieve pain, more serious complications with your heart and stomach can occur.
At Providence, we have treated hundreds of uterine fibroid cases to help women improve their quality of life. Our philosophy is to offer the highest quality of relief on the market. If you need uterine fibroids treatment, we currently offer in-office Novasure Endometrial Ablation procedures. These are one-time, 5-minute procedures that require no pre-treatment. It’s fast, easy and covered by most insurances. Click here to read more about this procedure and check with your insurance carrier before making your appointment to be sure that you are covered for this life changing procedure.
Be sure to watch the entire video below as Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen thoroughly explains the symptoms and complications of uterine fibroids and measures you can take to get relief. If you are looking to set an appointment, we are currently accepting new patients. Click here to get started!