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Top Ten Fibroid Facts

April 10th, 2010

Fibroids stand as a leading problem for a large portion of women. Up to 40 percent of women age 35 and older have uterine fibroids of a significant size. Furthermore, African-American women are at an even greater  risk of being affected by fibroids, in which as many as 50 percent of black women have fibroids of a significant size.

Fibroid tumours may start in women when they are in their 20′s, however, most women do not begin to have symptoms until they are in their late 30’s or 40’s. In most cases, physicians are not able to predict if a fibroid will grow or cause symptoms.

Although the exact cause for fibroid development is still unclear, studies have shown that most of the women affected by fibroids are in their childbearing years. Also, African American develop fibroids more often and at a younger age than women of other ethnic groups.

Due to the alarming number of women that are affected by fibroids, the Fibroid Treatment Collective offers “Top 10 Things Women Should Know About Fibroids.” 

1.  Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, but are most common in women ages 40 to 50.

2.  Depending on size, location and number of fibroids, common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and passage of clots, which can lead to anemia.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination
  • Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
  • Infertility

3.  No one is sure why women develop fibroids which affect 40% of women over 35 years in America and have a high rate of incidence among African Americans.  There is a possible link between uterine fibroid tumors and estrogen production.

4.  Fibroids are diagnosed with an ultrasound in their gynecologist’s office.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also used to determine how fibroids can be treated and provide information about any underlying disease.

5.  Uterine fibroids can be treated with surgery, including hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus, and myomectomy, which removes the fibroids but leaves the uterus. Both are major surgeries.

6.  Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, about 300,000 due to uterine fibroids.

7.  Over 50 percent of women who get hysterectomies have their ovaries removed, rendering them infertile.

8.  Embolization has emerged as the safest, simplest, cost effective way to treat fibroids. Embolization requires a very small incision. Embolization basically cures fibroids by starving them.

9.  Uterine Fibroid Embolization has an overall success rate of 94 percent.

10.  Recurrence after embolization has not occurred. This is one of its major advantages over myomectomy, where fibroids which have been surgically removed often grow back.

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids or want to find out more information about fibroids and the embolization procedure, we invite you to email us at patientcoordinator@fibroids.com or give us a call at 866-362-6463. You can also learn more by participating in our live chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.   

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52 Responses to “Top Ten Fibroid Facts”

  1. Hello Ladies,

    If you have been diagnosed with Fibroids, please do not ignore them, I am 42 years old and was diagnosed with Fibroids 5 years ago. Because I never experienced the typical complications (cramping and heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle) I did not have them removed. However, I would have them checked annually to see if they had grown or to see if more had developed. Although, they had grown and I developed more, I still did nothing, because still no cramping or heavy bleeding. A few days ago I had started experiencing some leg pain, leg swelling and shortness of breath. I immediately went to the ER and was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT, blood clots in leg and a Pulmonary Embolism PE, a blockage of the main artery of the lung. Since I have never been a sickly person I am terrified at this point. I am trying to stay positive and I have faith that I will be ok once my fibroids have been removed, which is the plan to my recovery. I just say to you all pay attention to your bodies and never ignore a health issue because of lack of symptoms, because you may pay for it in the end. Much love to you all and thank you for reading my story.

  2. Christine says:

    Your story is very close to mine. No major bleeding symptoms just meant that the fibroid was on the outside. .. I was being monitored but doctors didn’t want to surgically intervene because I wasn’t bleeding or because I didn’t have children. Finally one agreed and I just had a hysterectomy. 10 lb fibroid removal – size of 2 large grapefruits fused together. I am healing now but feel much better. . Less pressure on my bladder.
    I concur. Don’t ignore the ‘silent’ symptoms and advocate for your own health.

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