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5 Important Reasons to Seek Fibroid Treatment

Jan 01, 2024
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Many women suffer from uterine fibroids. These may go unnoticed for years, with few or no symptoms, only to start causing serious issues as you age. Here’s why you need to seek treatment.

Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed years before becoming a serious issue.   Smaller fibroids with milder symptoms may be treated medically or with less invasive means.

At NY Midtown OB/GYN in Manhattan and Westchester, New York, our team of experts is dedicated to always providing the best gynecological care possible, including treatment for fibroids. If you suspect you may have uterine fibroids or have been previously diagnosed, talk to us about potential treatment options. 

The problem with fibroids

Approximately 30-40% of women may be diagnosed with a uterine fibroid by age 50. However, many of these people show no symptoms for years. Others may not recognize their symptoms as abnormal.   

Risk factors for fibroids

Uterine fibroids are usually benign masses that grow on the uterine wall. Common risk factors for fibroids include:

  • Race —The incidence rates of fibroids are typically found to be two- to threefold greater in Black females than in White females
  • Genetics — Studies imply a familial predisposition to fibroids in some women

Fibroid symptoms

Symptoms of uterine fibroids can sometimes be confused with other conditions. . However, if you have one or a combination of the following, you should be checked for fibroids:

  • Irregular bleeding
  • Painful, heavy flow periods
  • Chronic or intermittent anemia
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Abdominal or lower back pain, especially around your period
  • Constipation
  • Frequent and/or painful urination
  • Bloating low in the abdomen, or an enlarged uterus 
  • A family history of miscarriages or infertility

Why you should seek fibroid treatment

There are five important reasons you should seek treatment for fibroids.

1.  Fibroids can cause chronic pain and bleeding

As fibroids grow larger, they can cause painful, heavy periods, and bleeding outside of your periods. Some women can become anemic from their increased monthly bleeding. These symptoms can often be treated with medication. 

 2.  Large fibroids can cause pain

Larger fibroids can give women pelvic pressure or a growing abdomen.  Some women will have frequent urination, constipation or pain during intercourse. Surgery can help these fibroid symptoms and improve your quality of life.  

3. Uterine fibroids can contribute to infertility

Uterine fibroids have a high prevalence in patients with fertility issues. Treating fibroids can often help improve fertility issues.

4. Large fibroids can increase risks during pregnancy

Around 10% to 30% of people with uterine fibroids can experience issues during pregnancy, including severe problems such as premature delivery, fetal growth restriction, postpartum hemorrhage, cesarean section or miscarriage. Having fibroids evaluated before you get pregnant can help to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy. 

5. Uterine fibroids can increase the risk of postpartum blood loss

Fibroids can prevent proper contraction of the uterus after giving birth, resulting in an increased risk of severe bleeding. 

If you have or suspect you have fibroids, you need to seek treatment to prevent potentially serious health risks or fertility issues. Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling the location closest to you or booking online.