Fighting Uterine Fibroids – Treatments and Minimally Invasive Services
Even though they’re usually non-cancerous, uterine fibroids can display symptoms that are often hard to live with. Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus and can cause some women to have pain and heavy bleeding with menstruation.
Causes and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
This condition affects up to 40 percent of premenopausal women, but only 10 percent of premenopausal women actually develop symptoms, which include:
- Uterine pressure or pain
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Abdominal enlargement
- Pain with intercourse
- Frequent urination
“The impact the fibroids have on your daily life depends heavily on the size and location of them,” says Dr. Feraz Rahman, a board-certified interventional radiologist, “but with identifying the concern and putting together a treatment plan, the burden of uterine fibroids can be drastically minimized.”
Who’s most at risk?
Women at increased risk for developing fibroids include women who are overweight, African-American, over the age of 40, have high blood pressure, have had no children, and have first-degree relatives with fibroids. Because most women will not exhibit every symptom, diagnosis is often verified with imaging of the pelvis, usually done via transvaginal ultrasound or MRI.
Learn More at a Free Lecture May 21
Dr. Rahman is offering a free lecture to discuss the latest treatment options for uterine fibroids on Tuesday, May 21, 6 p.m., in the Silver Cross Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., on the campus of Silver Cross Hospital. For more information or to register, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).