Reema was on a routine visit to her gynecologist, she just did so to ensure the basic check of her reproductive organs. Her periods were always on time and she thought she almost never had any other problem, whatsoever. That’s when her gynecologist started asking her a few basic questions:
Do you experience any spotting between your periods?
Do you have any pelvic pain or pain in your legs?
Do you have trouble emptying your bladder fully?
That got her thinking. Her periods might have been regular, but she did have a couple of these problems. Based on her responses, her doctor recommended a few tests. The result: uterine fibroids. The moment the term fibroids was mentioned, Reema was terrified. She quickly began to think if it was a cancerous growth?
Even before the doctor could begin an explanation, Reema just had one question: is it cancer?
She heard what she was praying for. Uterine fibroids are not cancerous. She heaved a sigh of relief, now better prepared to understand. Fibroids are growths in the uterus and almost always, don’t develop into cancer or increase the risk.
These fibroids can be one or many and can be very small or very bulky. Depending on where they are, fibroids can be of three different types:
If your doctor observes that your fibroids aren’t causing any problem, then they needn’t be treated as they can shrink and sometimes disappear completely especially after menopause.
Most of the time, as mentioned above, fibroids might have minor symptoms, which is why it’s highly possible that women might not even know that they have them. However, some women might experience:
and very rare cases, fibroids could also cause infertility.
Even though the exact cause of fibroids is unknown, yet, most of the time it is because of estrogen, a hormone produced by the ovaries. Fibroids mostly occur in women during their reproductive years, when estrogen is at its peak. On the contrary, after menopause, the same hormone dwindles and causes these fibroids to shrink.
One factor that you must consider is obesity as the excess fat in your body gets conveyed to estrogen, the very hormone that’s responsible for fibroids. Childbirth generally decreases the risk of fibroids.
As in the case of Reema, it will all begin with a conversation with your gynecologist, who will order a few tests to confirm. The tests could include
You need treatment only if your fibroids are symptomatic (i.e causing any problem). If you have complaints due to your fibroids then your treatment depends on the following:
Depending on the above, the various treatments offered are:
Either way, it’s only your gynecologist who will be able to determine what’s best for you. our doctors are committed to customizing medical recommendations based on each individual case. Apart from answering all questions and addressing all concerns, our doctors also make sure that no unnecessary tests are recommended.
So, in the process of taking care of yourself, trust us, and make us a part of your journey. You will not be disappointed.