If you are a woman, then you have a fifty percent chance of developing uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can develop inside your uterus. These fibroids can actually be genetic.
Several women in your family have the chance of forming these uterine fibroids.
African American women seem to be more susceptible to getting these uterine fibroids.
Your body will also form these fibroids if you have had any abnormalities in your system of blood vessels, or if you have had an injury to your abdomen.
Smaller fibroids usually have no symptoms, while larger ones show symptoms of pelvic pain, rectal pain, and problems during urination.
Diagnosing Uterine Fibroids
If your physician suspects that you have fibroids then they will want to do a pelvic exam. Pelvic exams by themselves will not be able to determine whether you have uterine fibroids or not.
Your physician will probably want you to get an ultra sound, just to make sure that what is showing up are not other types of tumors.
Your physician, after diagnosing you with fibroids, may want to perform a procedure called myolysis to eliminate these fibroids from your body.
When performing the myolysis technique, your physician will make a small incision in your abdomen. The incision is made so that your physician can insert an instrument to perform myolysis on your fibroid.
The instrument will send a strong electrical current directly to your fibroid. By sending this strong electrical current to your fibroid it will cause your blood vessels around the fibroid to constrict and shut off the fibroid, the fibroid can no longer maintain itself and will die.
Freezing your fibroid is another option that your physician can offer you. They can use a technique called “cryomyolysis”. Your physicians will insert a cryoprobe into the middle of your fibroid.
This cryoprobe will deliver freezing temperatures into your fibroid so it can freeze its insides. Your physician may have to repeat this several times during your procedure.
Some physicians believe it is better to take GnRH agonist before having your procedure while other physicians believe they have better results without the medication.
GnRH is a medication to prevent ovulation. Cryomyolysis procedure is up for debate in the medical world, as to whether it is a viable technique to use.
Another myolysis laparoscopic procedure uses bipolar needles. This procedure treats women who have small fibroids, and it is somewhat affective. Your physician will insert bipolar needles into your fibroid, numerous times, to puncture it.
This procedure will help to decrease the size of your fibroid, and it will keep it decreased for the long term. You should experience no significant complications after having this procedure performed on your fibroid.
Usually fibroid tumors are not cancerous, and do not require treatment, unless you suffer from any of the symptoms that have been mentioned. It is good to have all the information about uterine fibroids before you have any procedures done.