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Myomas & Uterine Fibroids

Common Conditions That Affect Women of Every Age

Uterine fibroids are often referred to as myomas, and are non-cancerous growths that form in the uterus. These growths are fairly common in women during their childbearing years, and are rarely cancerous. Unfortunately, they can lead to serious problems within the reproductive system. Here at miVIP, we strive to provide relief from the pain and discomfort many women experience with fibroids.

The uterine lining is made up of a layer of muscle, and fibroids attach to this muscular layer. Myomas can grow on both the inside and outside of the uterus. They look like round, small lumps made up of tissue and will typically remain small. If the fibroids increase in size, they may cause serious discomfort or pain.

Statistics

Many women have fibroids and aren’t even aware of their condition because there are no symptoms. It is estimated that anywhere from 20-50% of women in their childbearing years have some sort of myoma. Researchers find it difficult to find an exact number because so many women with this condition are unaware of it. It is also common to develop uterine fibroids during or after menopause.

Uterine Fibroid Causes

There is no definitive cause of uterine fibroids, although an imbalance in the hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone may play a part. Because these hormones are increased during the childbearing years, this may explain the prevalence in women in these age groups.

Common Symptoms of Myomas

Typically, women with myomas do not notice any symptoms. If symptoms are noticeable, they may include the following:

  • Long, heavy menstrual periods
  • Severe cramping through the back and the legs
  • Pressure or pain in the pelvis
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent incontinence or urination
  • Inability to urinate
  • Constipation or bloating

Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids

If you fear your have uterine fibroids, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor at miVIP today. During your appointment, your doctor will perform a pelvic exam or ultrasound to determine if growths are present in the uterus. This also helps your doctor to identify, the size, location and number of the myomas. You may need to undergo another pelvic exam so the growth of myomas can be monitored by your doctor.

Light symptoms can be treated with medication to stop cramping, and many doctors suggest birth control pills to regulate periods and control bleeding. If symptoms continue to get worse and your doctor suggests surgical treatments, you may choose from one of the following.

  • Hysterectomy: The complete removal of the uterus. miVIP offers laparoscopic and minimally-invasive hysterectomies for those who fear lengthy recovery times.
  • Myomectomy Surgery: Removal of fibroids from within the uterus often performed for women who want to keep the ability to have children.

Long Term Prognosis

If you choose a hysterectomy, fibroids will not grow back as your uterus has been removed. Although a myomectomy allows you to keep the childbearing ability, you do run the risk of fibroids returning at any point. Your age and lifestyle should be considered when you have a discussion with your doctor about whether a myomectomy surgery or a hysterectomy is right for you.

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Call miVIP today at 877-956-2263 to speak to one of our women’s health specialists. We are dedicated to improving the lives of women all over the world with minimally invasive treatments and compassionate care.

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