Uterine Fibroids (cont.)
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What Is the Surgery for Uterine Fibroids?
Surgery options for treatment have both risks and benefits. Be sure to discuss these risks and benefits with the doctor. Some treatment options may not be right for a woman because of the characteristics of the fibroids or other health factors.
Is Other Therapy Available for Uterine Fibroids?
Constipation and hemorrhoids are other symptoms caused by the pressure of growing fibroids. Some women can avoid these problems and relieve symptoms by eating more whole grains, bran, and fruit and by drinking plenty of water. Natural laxative products also may help; a woman should discuss these symptoms and treatments with her health care practitioner.
What Is the Follow-up for Uterine Fibroids?
All patients should follow their health care practitioner's instructions. A health care practitioner may choose to do more frequent pelvic exams, such as every six months, to determine whether there is growth of a fibroid.
Patients should educate themselves about treatment options. Patients may need to make a choice depending on the progression of their treatment and their fibroid symptoms; their health care providers can help them to get information about any treatment options.
How Do I Prevent Uterine Fibroids?
Women should avoid weight gain after age 18 and maintain a normal body weight compared to height. Body weight tends to increase estrogen production, thus aggravating fibroid growth. Exercise can help women control weight and additionally decrease hormone production that stimulates fibroid growth.
Routine health visits with a health care practitioner may allow for early detection of fibroids.
What Is the Prognosis for Uterine Fibroids?
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Treatment success and future outcome depend on the severity of the fibroid or fibroids prior to treatment and the chosen treatment. Fibroids may affect fertility, but this depends on the size and location of the fibroids. Many women with fibroids are older than 35 years. This and other factors such as decreased egg quality and decreased ovulation contribute to their inability to become pregnant.
Fibroids rarely turn into cancer. This is more likely to occur in women after menopause. The most common warning sign of cancer is a rapidly growing tumor that requires surgery.
Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2016
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