Yes it can. If a fibroid is of sufficient size it can press on pelvic nerves to cause pain that can be felt in the pelvis which can radiate in to the lower back, hip, buttock, or down the leg. This is often worse just before or during the menses.
No. By definition menopause is the complete cessation of menstrual bleeding for 12 consecutive months. This often occurs in women between 45-50 years of age, although a number of women go well in to their fifties before going in to menopause. Women over 40 years of age who are still menstruating (i.
The following are risk factors for varicose veins: Female sex: Women are several times more likely to suffer with varicose veins. Female hormones relax vein walls which can lead to varicose veins. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause may increase a woman's risk. Taking birth contro
Varicoceles can present with testicular/scrotal pain or discovered incidentally during an infertility work-up (i.e. varicoceles can lead to diminished/absent sperm counts). Varicoceles can be felt on physical exam or be detected on a scrotal ultrasound. Having the patient bear down (Valsalva) is an
Yes. Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Sometimes because the bleeding has been heavy for a long time, the woman doesn't recognize the amount of bleeding to be abnormal. Changing more than 8 pads a day or more frequently than every 3 hours is too often and should
Ovarian cysts are very common. They are small sacs of fluid which can develop in the ovary. Most of these are discovered incidentally on pelvic imaging (ex. pelvic ultrasound) as these are asymptomatic. In other women they can cause pelvic pain. In either case, the cysts will usually disappear witho
Rarely. Fibroids are typically seen in women of child-bearing age; most commonly between ages 30-55. However, women in their twenties and even on rare occasions women in their late teens will have fibroids detected. African-American women not only have a higher incidence of fibroids than other racia
In experienced hands, the UFE procedure often takes less than 1 hour to perform. Patients will have a period of bed rest; typically 1-2 hours (if a simple closure device to seal the opening at the skin is used) or up to 6 hours if it is not. The opening at the skin is covered by a regular band aid..
No. Birth control pills can decrease the heaviness of the flow, but they tend to increase fibroid growth. Fibroids are very hormone-responsive (estrogen as well as progesterone). It is why fibroids tend to grow (sometimes very rapidly) during pregnancy, and why they are also not typically an issue..
Yes. Fibroids are firm hard tumors which commonly cause increased urinary frequency and routine nocturia (waking up in the middle of the night to urinate). They can also cause urgency to urinate, bladder pressure, and even incontinence (urinary leaking). Fibroids that are located anteriorl
Fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor in women. While their cause is unknown, they are found in the uterus in women typically in their mid and later reproductive years. They do not increase a woman's risk for developing cancer.
While surgical repair is often used to correct a varicocele, recent studies have shown that a non-surgical varicocele embolization procedure results in a lower recurrence rate, and allows the patient to avoid surgery.
The symptoms from uterine fibroids (most commonly heavy uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, and increased urinary frequency) can get worse over time as the fibroids grow under hormonal stimulation. However, there are many women who can have fibroids in their uterus throughout their entire life