INTRODUCTION Uterine fibroids are very common in reproductive-age females. For some individuals, they are entirely asymptomatic. Moreover, since fibroids can grow, remain stable, and/or potentially regress (during hypoestrogenic states such as menopause) individuals without symptoms should be educated about the presence of fibroids and potential associated symptoms. However, many patients will present with symptoms including abnormal uterine bleeding, pressure or bulk symptoms, fertility issues, and/or pain that warrant treatment. These patients have a variety of therapeutic options available to address their symptoms.
Up to 80% of all women are thought to develop uterine fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Odds are, you or someone you know have uterine fibroids. Noncancerous though a fibroid may be, it is not without its negative impacts on daily (or monthly) life. Just in case the typical, monthly cramps and bleeding during your period weren’t enough for you, uterine fibroids can cause heavy, excessive bleeding, spotting between periods, urinary incontinence and increased frequency, and pelvic pain and pressure. Phew. This is the kind of pain an anti-inflammatory and heating pad might not alleviate. The good news is that there are far less invasive options that not only avoid a stay in the hospital, but let you keep your uterus.