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Uterine Fibroids: When is Treatment Necessary?

Uterine fibroids are extremely common, benign tumors that grow in and around the uterus. While many women with fibroids have no symptoms at all, for some, these growths can cause discomfort, pain, and other troublesome issues. At the Atlanta Fibroid Clinic, we have extensive experience diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. In this article, we’ll discuss when fibroid treatment is warranted or even crucial.

Common Signs and Symptoms

In women who have symptomatic fibroids, some of the most common signs and symptoms are heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure, frequent urination, constipation and bloating, backache or leg pain, painful intercourse, and reproductive issues like infertility, miscarriages, or early labor. Many women tolerate mild symptoms for years.

When Medical Treatment Becomes Necessary

However, the problems fibroids cause can start to interfere substantially with daily life for some women. Others may develop specific complications from fibroids that require medical intervention. Deciding precisely when to treat fibroids depends on several factors. These include the severity of symptoms, the exact location and size of fibroid growths, plans for future pregnancy, and proximity to menopause when fibroids often shrink.

Complications Requiring Quick Treatment

Some specific fibroid complications that warrant quick intervention are: Red degeneration – With this temporary but quite painful condition, large fibroids outgrow their blood supply and start to die off, causing severe abdominal pain often requiring hospitalization. Pedunculated fibroids – Fibroids on small stalks can sometimes twist, cutting off their blood supply. This causes severe pain requiring emergency surgery. Rarely, very fast growing fibroids even in menopause or with unusual tumor markers can raise the possibility of aggressive uterine cancer for which biopsy would be immediately warranted.

Fibroid Treatment Offered at Atlanta Fibroid Clinic

Rather than tolerating uncomfortable, disruptive and painful fibroid symptoms for years, the specialists at the Atlanta Fibroid Clinic can provide customized treatment plans. We offer complete fibroid care from diagnosis to counselling on options to expert procedures like robotic myomectomy and uterine fibroid embolization.

Call today to schedule a consultation if you don’t want to remain miserable living with uterine fibroids. Together, we’ll determine the right treatment to provide you relief.

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