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What Can Happen if Uterine Fibroids Are Not Treated?

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Uterine fibroids are a common condition that can still impact your overall health and quality of life. While small fibroids can go undetected and never cause any symptoms, larger fibroids can become problematic. American Fibroid Centers in New York and New Jersey offer minimally invasive solutions for women who experience problems like heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. Learn about the signs of uterine fibroids below or schedule an appointment to learn about effective solutions like uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

The basics of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors or abnormal growths that develop in the uterus. Depending on the kind of fibroids you have, they may also grow on the wall of the uterus. Fibroids can be as small as a seed or as large as a baseball. While uterine fibroids rarely turn cancerous, they can cause complications when left untreated. Women with unexplained symptoms should visit a healthcare provider or gynecologist to determine if they need fibroid treatment. American Fibroid Centers can also confirm uterine fibroids with an MRI at our advanced office.

Symptoms caused by uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids can interfere with your everyday life and activities. The physicians at American Fibroid Centers are highly trained in identifying the main symptoms of uterine fibroids in New York and New Jersey. These may involve one or more of the following:

  • Heavy or inconsistent menstrual bleeding: Most women are accustomed to regular menstrual cycles every month. Heavy bleeding or excessive blood clots could be signs of uterine fibroids. Irregular periods (such as cycles that last longer than usual) should also be assessed by a doctor.

  • Bladder pressure: Larger fibroids can place unnecessary pressure on your bladder. This is because the uterus and bladder are close in proximity to each other. You may experience frequent urination or pain in the lower stomach area.

  • A full sensation: If you notice a feeling of fullness without eating or after consuming a less than average amount of food, you may have fibroids. Patients who do not treat their fibroids may lose an unhealthy amount of weight because they don’t feel hungry and go without eating.

  • Enlargement of the abdomen: A change in waist size is not normal for women who maintain a consistent diet and exercise regimen. Fibroids can cause an expansion in your abdomen, meaning you could gain unwanted weight, or your clothes may not fit the same way they did before.

How we treat uterine fibroids

Some patients choose to leave small uterine fibroids untreated. However, we encourage patients to track their symptoms and seek help when symptoms become unmanageable. It’s also best to address fibroids early before they cause distress and pain. The good news is that American Fibroid Centers offer minimally invasive fibroid treatment through uterine fibroid embolization. UFE involves safely cutting off blood supply to shrink the fibroids. This eventually relieves your symptoms and allows you to return to daily activities in comfort.

Learn the signs of uterine fibroids

Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? If you are concerned about uterine fibroids, you can seek fibroid treatment with the specialists at American Fibroid Centers. Our professionals in New York and New Jersey are familiar with the signs associated with fibroids and can make sure you understand the diagnosis and treatment options available. Learn about uterine fibroid embolization and more by calling a member of our team for an appointment.

* All information subject to change. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.