How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
American Fibroid Centers in New York and New Jersey are national leaders in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Our board-certified affiliated physicians are exceptionally trained in the diagnosis and treatment of fibroids. One of the most common questions women ask is how do they know if they have fibroids? Uterine tumors are typically found during a routine pelvic exam or well-woman exam during an annual visit to your gynecologist. Some patients also seek medical attention due to excessive menstrual bleeding and/or debilitating pain. If your physician has diagnosed you with fibroids, or if you are concerned that you may have uterine fibroids American Fibroid Centers can help. During a thorough consultation at one of our facilities, we will order an MRI to determine if uterine fibroids are in fact present and the best course of action moving forward.
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How are uterine fibroids treated?
Once your test results come back, we'll discuss our findings with you and determine if treatment is necessary. In many cases, uterine fibroids don't actually require medical intervention. However, therapy may be needed if your pain and symptoms are severe and causing other health issues. Uterine fibroids can be treated with medication, nonsurgical therapies, minimally invasive procedures, and aggressive surgeries. Depending on the size, location, and the number of fibroids, different options may be recommended. We'll also consider your age, weight, future pregnancies, and overall health. At American Fibroid Centers, we like to stick to nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures if possible and are well-known for our high success rates in performing uterine fibroid embolization.
Diagnosing and Treating Fibroids FAQ
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
While signs of this condition can vary, there are a few common symptoms that most experience when suffering from uterine fibroids. These symptoms include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Backache or leg pains
How do we test for uterine fibroids?
In most cases, we will test for uterine fibroids through the use of ultrasound technology. The emitted sound waves allow us to get a better look at what exactly is going on within the uterus and ovaries. This allows us to better understand what's going on within your body in order to help us create a proper treatment plan.
What happens if uterine fibroids are left untreated?
If uterine fibroids go untreated, they will usually continue to grow in size and number. When this happens, the symptoms will only continue to get worse. This typically means the patient will begin to feel more pain and cramping as their bleeding becomes heavier and heavier.
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