What should I know about caring for someone with uterine fibroids?


If you're caring for someone with uterine fibroids, you should know that there are a range of symptoms and treatments that might be necessary. Many women with uterine fibroids don't require any treatment. In more severe cases, uterine fibroids may require surgery, or even hysterectomy. Any woman facing hysterectomy for fibroids should also be aware of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). It is a non-surgical alternative that allows women to  get the relief of symptoms, avoid surgery, and keep their uterus. In those cases, it's important to provide physical support as your loved one requires, but emotional support is just as necessary. Since women who undergo hysterectomies aren't able to have children, support your loved one as she deals with the associated emotional challenges.

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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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