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What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Strauss
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Uterine Perforation (Definition)

When performing a uterine procedure through the vagina, a complication can be a uterine perforation. This is when an instrument is inserted through all the layers of the uterus, creating a hole in the uterus. Most perforations occur in the midline away from large blood vessels and usually can be observed. Lateral perforations or injury with an active energy ...Read more


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Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Sometimes, get US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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How can I treat uterine fibroids?

How can I treat uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: Treating fibroids depends on multiple factors and I would suggest you consult a physician for your specifics. The main issue though is what problems it or they are causing. The most common problem is bleeding too much but may need to be managed in fertility issues. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Yes: Fibroids grow all the time, in part due to female hormones. They stop growing from menopause or stopping your hormones with a Lupron (leuprolide) shot. Some fibroids grow slowly; fibroids in some women grow quickly. ...Read more

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How do you treat uterine fibroids?

Hysterectomy: Uterine fibroids are frequently treated with a hysterectomy. Other treatments are Uterine Artery Embolization; Focused ultrasound; myomectomy; and in selected cases, Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How much pain are uterine fibroids?

How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly: Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...Read more

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Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

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Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

Yes: Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms. However, as they grow they can be responsible for increased bleeding and pain. Pain may be only during menses or all the time or only with activities such as sex. ...Read more

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What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Tests: Initially your gynecologist may do an ultrasound. Also an MRI maybe done to better characterize your fibroids prior to treatment. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is uterine fibroids?

What sort of disorder is uterine fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids: Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause problems depending on the location. Most common problems are bleeding and pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids go away on their own?

Hi there : Yes they can reabsorb, however this should be clarified by the Ob-Gyn in charge of the patient. We don’t know the patient or the specifics on the subject. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have uterine fibroid?

Is it possible that I have uterine fibroid?

Always possible: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

4: There are 4 basic types of uterine fibroids: intramural (within the wall of the uterus) subserosal (underneath the outside surface) submucosal (underneath the lining of the uterus) cervical (located in the wall of the cervix) there are also sub-categories assigned as well, but all based primarily on location. Please see the graphic attached. ...Read more

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Uterine fibroid of 2cm, should I be concerned?

Probably OK: A 2cm fibroid may not cause any symptoms at all. The only reason to be concerned would be if you have significant pelvic pain or heavy bleeding with your periods. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a uterine fibroid?

Excessive bleedinf: Excessive bleeding and increased pain during menses are most common depending on the location of the fibroid. Other causes of the above symptoms are endo polyp and adenomyosis. An ultrasound is a first line study followed by an MRI with contrast to better evaluate . If positive they may be amenable to uterine fibroid embolization. Family history is important. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a uterine fibroid?

On exam or US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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What are some medications for uterine fibroids?

Different options: Treatment options:1- watchful waiting for minimal fibroid symptoms or when nearing menopause. 2- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). Birth control hormones (pill, patch, or ring), an intrauterine device, progestin shot (depo-provera) every 3 months for the heavy bleeding, 3- surgical removal for large symptomatic fibroids. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

Fibroid: Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that originate from the uterus. They rarely turn into cancer. No one really know what causes them, however, genetics and hormones may make one more likely to get them.
Estrogen and progesterone also seem to affect the growth of fibroid. ...Read more

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What size of an uterine fibroid considered big?

Depends: Fibroids can be from 1 inch to 8 inches, however the symptoms of the fibroid are more important. Does it cause significant bleedign or pain. Also, is it growing rapidly? Generally, 80% of fibroids do not need to be treated. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Bleeding, cramping: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause heavier, longer menstrual periods. Increased cramping with periods is also a symptom of fibroids. They can also cause pressure and heaviness in the pelvis, as well as pain with sex. ...Read more

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How serious are the symptoms of a uterine fibroid?

Depends on symptoms: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid and back left side upper pain?

Yes, see a GYN: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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Is there any way of knowing you have uterine fibroids?

Yes: Pelvic exam and ultrasound are the best ways to determine if you have fibroids. Some fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually found when an ultrasound is performed for other reasons (ie, pregnancy). Unless you are experiencing any symptoms from fibroids, such as heavy bleeding or pelvic pain, there is no benefit to screen for fibroids alone. ...Read more

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Degenerating uterine fibroids how long will this take?

Degenerating uterine fibroids how long will this take?

Menopause: Most fibroids do not degenerate on their own while ample estrogen is around and they are not too big. Once you go through menopause the estrogen levels drop and fibroids begin to die and shrink. ...Read more

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Worried that i may have uterine fibroids. How to tell?

Pelvic exam/US: A simple pelvic exam by your gyn physician will clinically raise the suspicion which will be further confirmed by a pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a uterine fibroids to develop?

Slow: It can take years since they grow very slowly. When they grow quickly we worry about cancer. ...Read more

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Having multiply uterine fibroids do u have to get operated?

Depends on what : Your reproductive goals are and what symptoms you have. Patients with mutiple fibroids can have heavy periods and cramping adn this can be rather bothersome. There are many options to consider, some more aggressive than others, but your decision should uiltiamtely hinge on your future reproductive desires. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be in this much pain with uterine fibroids.

Fibroids: Fibroids affect each woman differently. Some women have no symptoms at all and other women have terrible problems with bleeding and pain. If you are having intense pain, you should see your gynecologist about your options such as uterine artery embolization, myomectomy , hysterectomy, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: uterine fibroids?

Benign tumor: Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They can also cause infertility. ...Read more

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What are the options to treat pain for large uterine fibroids?

What are the options to treat pain for large uterine fibroids?

Uterine embolization: Another good option is uterine artery embolization, a method of cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to shrink and die. While it does not remove the fibroids it is 95% successful for bleeding and 85% for bulk symptoms. It is performed as an outpatient procedure without the need for stitches and is well tolerated. Performed by interventional radiologists (image guided surgeons). ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Uterine Ablation (Definition)

Uterrine ablation is a procedure used to destroy the thin lining of the uterus that bleeds each month. It is often destroyed with heat but can be done with freezing (cryoablation). Must be family complete. When performed for fibroid bleeding doesnt address the problem (fibroid) directly, may not work at all, and doesn't address the bulk symptoms often seen with ...Read more


Dr. Terrence Harris
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Csection With Embolization Of Uterine Artery (Definition)

A Cesarean section can be electively performed anytime after 39 weeks. It can also be performed before 39 weeks if there is a medical reason. This allows the patient and the doctor to choose the time of delivery for non-emergent reasons. If labor occurs prior to the scheduled Cesarean section, the patient would immediately go to the hospital, where a C-section can done ...Read more