It is a combination of your symptoms, the location of the fibroid, the amount and size, as well as your age and your childbearing potential, that help determine what your course of treatment should be.
There are Options
One option is a supracervical hysterectomy you remove only the uterine cavity holding the fibroids and leave the tubes, ovaries, cervix, vagina, or any of the support muscles in the bladder or pelvis,” says Duff. This, she says, means you don’t suffer any of the consequences linked to a traditional hysterectomy, including bladder and sexual dysfunction, or instant menopause.
Another non-invasive option is uterine artery embolization, in which the blood supply to the fibroid is cut off and is eventually removed after its death.
“This is a common technique we use for women who have not yet had children or wish to have future children,” says Duff. “We don’t want to disturb any of the reproductive organs if we don’t have to.
Recovery for both of these procedures is quick. It is also fast.
Most women are out of the hospital in two days and back to normal living within two weeks. It’s also a permanent treatment for fibroids that can bring much-needed relief.
But, before you think about treatment, be sure you have uterine fibroids in the first place.
Here are some symptoms you should look out for:
1. Heavy menstrual bleeding
2. Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
3. Pelvic pressure or pain
4. Frequent urination
5. Difficulty emptying the bladder
7. Backache or leg pains
8. Rarely, a fibroid can cause acute pain when it outgrows its blood supply and begins to die.