What every woman must know about uterine fibroid tumors

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2019
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uterine fibroid tumorsHearing a diagnosis of a tumor in the midsection can be a very worrisome experience for many women. However, tumors such as uterine fibroid tumors are often not of much concern for most women who have them. At Columbus Women’s Care, Canal Winchester, OH area women can obtain a proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of their uterine fibroid tumors.

What are uterine fibroid tumors?

The doctors of Columbus Women’s Care describe uterine fibroid tumors as growths in the uterus that is composed of muscle cells that clump together to form a mass or “knot.” They are named and categorized based on their location in the uterus. Submucosal fibroids are located under the uterine lining, intramural fibroids are located between the muscles of the uterine wall, and subserol fibroids extend from the uterine wall and into the pelvic cavity.

Who is at risk for uterine fibroid tumors?

Any woman can develop uterine fibroids at any time of their life, but those most at risk are women in their 30’s and 40’s. African American women are at a greater risk, and patients who are diagnosed often have a female family member who has been diagnosed with these tumors as well.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors?

Uterine fibroid tumors may not always cause symptoms in patients, though can be diagnosed during a pelvic examination. However, other women may experience problems such as:

  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Swelling
  • Increased urination

What treatment options are available for uterine fibroid tumors?

There are a few different treatment options for uterine fibroid tumors that are painful and troublesome for women. The type of treatment chosen will vary based on a combination of factors, including the location of the uterine fibroid tumor, the number of tumors, the patient’s age, the severity of symptoms, and childbearing potential. Treatment may include:

  • Myomectomy fibroid surgery
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • MRI-guided ultrasound
  • Medical management and monitoring

Schedule your visit today

The team of Columbus Women’s Care in Canal Winchester, OH is available to assist women with a wide range of reproductive health concerns, and can evaluate and diagnosis uterine fibroid tumors. Call the practice at (614) 755-4200 to schedule your visit at 7901 Diley Road, Suite 205/260.

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