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About Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are the abnormal growths in the uterus of a female. Although these fibroids are unusual growths in the uterus, they are mostly non-cancerous. These fibroids may even grow outside or inside the uterine walls. The size of uterine fibroids can vary from as small as the size of a pea to as big as a grapefruit. There can be single or multiple fibroids in a uterus, depending upon the seriousness of the condition. Uterine fibroids should not be taken casually, they require proper and timely treatment.

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Overview

Uterine Fibroids
Foods to eat in uterine fibroids
  • Oats
  • Lentils
  • Barley
  • Beans
  • Whole grain bread
  • Fresh fruits
  • Dry fruits
Foods to avoid in uterine fibroids
  • Corn syrup
  • White bread
  • Rice
  • Fizz drinks
  • Sugary drinks
  • Table sugar
Types of uterine fibroids
  • Intramural fibroid
  • Submucosal fibroid
  • Subserosal fibroid
  • Pedunculated fibroid
Uterine fibroid in other languages
  • Uterine fibroids in Hindi गर्भाशय फाइब्रॉएड
  • Uterine fibroids in Telugu గర్భాశయ ఫైబ్రాయిడ్లు
  • Uterine fibroids in Marathi गर्भाशयाच्या फायब्रॉइड्स
  • Uterine fibroids in Kannada ಗರ್ಭಾಶಯದ ಫೈಬ್ರಾಯ್ಡ್ಗಳು
  • Uterine fibroids in Tamil கருப்பை
  • நார்த்திசுக்கட்டிகள்
Why Pristyn Care for uterine fibroids treatment?
  • Experienced female gynecologists
  • Private consultations
  • Multiple payment options including No-cost EMI
  • Medically-advanced surgical treatment
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Treatment

Diagnosis

The doctor physically examines the patient to check for any irregularities or abnormal growths in the uterus. If the doctor feels some irregularities, then further diagnostic tests for uterine fibroids are carried out.

  • Ultrasound- It is the most common diagnosis to confirm uterine fibroids. It makes the use of sound waves to visualize the uterus and get the measurement of fibroids clearly. The doctor either uses the ultrasound device over the abdominal area or places it inside the vagina to attain clear pictures of the uterus’ condition
  • Blood test- If you face the issue of abnormal period blood flow, the doctor usually orders lab tests related to blood to check the blood count. In most cases of uterine fibroids, the female is anemic due to excess blood loss during periods.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)- This test gives a detailed view of the size and the exact location of the uterine fibroids. The procedure of MRI is carried out mostly for women with larger uterus and women who are nearing menopause.
  • Hysteroscopy- It is the surgical procedure that is performed to look inside the uterus to diagnose or treat uterine fibroids. Hysteroscopy is performed with the help of a thin tube called the hysteroscope that has a camera mounted on top of it. During hysteroscopy, the doctor inserts the hysteroscope inside the vagina to properly examine the cervix and the uterus. Hysteroscopy is used as an operative procedure in mild cases of uterine fibroids.

Treatment

The doctor may carry out hysteroscopy as an operative technique or prescribe you some medications if you have really small uterine fibroids. But in cases where a female has numerous big-size fibroids in her uterus, medications do not prove to be effective. In such cases, only the surgical procedure of hysterectomy is the safest option.

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is the procedure of surgically removing the uterus of a female. It involves removing the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or any other fibroid-affected part of the uterus. Thus, hysterectomy can be partial or complete, it depends on the severity of the condition of fibroids of the patient. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is an absolutely safe procedure that serves as the permanent solution to uterine fibroids. Also, laparoscopic hysterectomy offers fast recovery and the patient faces minimal pain and discomfort while recovering.

In Our Doctor's Word

Dr Maunil Bhutta

MBBS, MD (Radio Diagnosis), DNB, FENI

8 Years Experience

"Uterine fibroids are extremely common especially in women within the bracket of 40-50 years of age. It begins with a sudden but sharp pain and gets more frequent and severe with time. But a common thread I encounter is the trust on home remedies/ local quacks. The truth is, home remedies/ yoga can only help manage the pain and not cure the problem itself. The only way fibroids can be resolved is through a surgical procedure. Any delay only complicates the conditions, puts you through elongated pain and serves no benefits. So, my honest advice would be, do not self diagnose the severity fo the condition. The surgery is quick, safe and offers immediate results. Also, occurance of complications during and after the surgery are very rare."

Frequently Asked Questions

My daughter is diagnosed with uterine fibroids. What are the do’s and don’ts that can help in improving her condition?

She should refrain from eating spicy, oily and junk food. She should refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking, and consuming caffeinated drinks as these can aggravate the fibroids. Start regular exercises and get in touch with a gynecologist.

Is the procedure of myomectomy safe for uterine fibroids?

Myomectomy is a safe procedure carried out for mild and small fibroids. Myomectomy aims at removing the fibroids only, the uterus remains as it is.

What is the most effective treatment for uterine fibroids?

There are surgical and non-surgical treatments available for uterine fibroids. However, the most effective treatment for uterine fibroids is myomectomy. It helps in removing the fibroids from the uterus.

Can intramural uterine fibroid go on its own?

If taken care of properly in the early stage, intramural uterine fibroids can go on their own by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Get in touch with us to speak to our medical coordinator about uterine fibroid treatments.

What is the usual size of an uterine fibroid?

Uterine fibroids can be as small as 1 cm and could go up to as large as 20 cm like watermelon. However, the size of the uterine fibroid may vary from one patient to another, depending on the severity of the condition.

Is there a chance of multiple uterine fibroids?

Yes, there are chances that a woman could suffer from one or multiple fibroids. However, the chances of multiple fibroids depend on several factors such as diet, lifestyle, or obesity.

Can homeopathic medicine cure uterine fibroids?

Yes. Homeopathy medicines are known to balance the hormones and provide symptomatic relief from menstruation. However, homeopathy has prolonged procedures that may take years to show any effective results. It is always advisable to get in touch with the best gynecologist for the treatment of uterine fibroids.

Can uterine fibroids affect pregnancy?

Yes. Uterine fibroids can affect pregnancy. At times, if the uterine fibroids are severe, it can escalate the chances of miscarriage or premature childbirth. It is always a better option to consult a gynecologist for a thorough diagnosis along with the best-suited treatment for uterine fibroids.

Is uterine fibroids removal surgery successful?

Uterine fibroids removal surgery is referred to as myomectomy. It is one of the most effective treatments for uterine fibroid removal as compared to conventional methods and has an average success rate that may range from 70% to 80%.

Can fundal uterine fibroids go away on their own?

At times, fibroids go away on their own if the estrogen levels in the body decrease. This commonly happens as a side effect of certain medicines such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, antagonists, or it occurs during menopause.

Can Ayurveda treatment cure uterine fibroids?

Yes. There are certain medicines in Ayurveda that may help in treating uterine fibroids in the early stage and may provide relief from discomforting symptoms. However, Ayurveda is a prolonged treatment procedure that may take years to show any successful results. It is always the best option to consult an experienced gynecologist to get a thorough diagnosis along with a suited treatment for uterine fibroids.

Is uterine fibroids removal treatment painful?

No. Uterine fibroids removal surgery i.e, myomectomy, is performed under the influence of anesthesia which makes the procedure painless. However, you may feel a little discomfort post-treatment which can be managed by medication prescribed by your gynecologist.

Can home remedies treat uterine fibroids?

There are a few home remedies that may help you treat uterine fibroids in the primary stage or to get relief from painful symptoms of uterine fibroids:

  • Keeping blood pressure controlled
  • Taking prescribed vitamins supplements on time
  • Eating healthy diet
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyle
  • Doing regular exercises to maintain healthy body weight
Can uterine fibroids rupture or burst?

In rare cases, uterine fibroids can rupture which may result in internal bleeding and abdominal pain. A few factors that may increase the chances of fibroids rupture, such as extensive pressure on blood vessels in the fibroids, increased blood pressure, abdominal pressure, a twisted fibroid, or abdominal trauma.

Can the uterus get bulky due to uterine fibroids?

Yes, the uterus can become bulky due to the occurrence of enlarged or multiple uterine fibroids. At times, when uterine fibroids are larger than usual, they add on the weight resulting in a deformed uterus causing heaviness.

Can uterine fibroids cause irregular periods?

Yes. Uterine fibroids can affect the menstruation cycle of a woman. The fibroids may put pressure on the uterine lining, causing spotting between periods, irregular periods, or more bleeding than usual.

Can uterine fibroids affect fertility?

Uterine fibroids can be one of the factors that affect fertility in women. However, it is always better to get in touch with an experienced gynecologist to get proper treatment for uterine fibroids.

How do I get to know that I have fibroids?

Females suffering from uterine fibroids may feel heaviness or pressure in their lower abdomen or pelvis region. The fibroids can be pea size or as large as a melon, making it difficult for a woman to lie down, bend over or perform regular activities.

What happens if fibroids are left untreated?

Uterine fibroids in the early stage are generally asymptomatic and often go away on their own. However, in certain cases, untreated fibroids may continue to grow in size and number, and could affect life’s quality.

Do uterine fibroids have a smell?

Uterine fibroids and their treatment may lead to regular vaginal discharge. In rare cases, fibroid tissue possibly passes through the vagina that may carry a foul smell which can be a sign of infection. Get in touch for a thorough diagnosis and treatment for uterine fibroids.

Can smoking trigger uterine fibroids?

Smoking can act as a major risk factor and contributor to uterine fibroids’ development and progression. And if you already have uterine fibroids, smoking can make the condition worse and increase the symptoms. It is always suggested to women having uterine fibroids to quit smoking in order to restrict the worsening condition.

Do all uterine fibroids need treatment?

In some cases, uterine fibroids are too small to cause any significant symptoms and thus do not bother in day-to-day life. However, if you are experiencing any sign or symptoms like pain in pelvic region, heaviness, constant fatigue, or irregular periods you should look for medical advice to prevent the condition from getting severe.

Why do fibroids cause urinary symptoms?

If uterine fibroids happen to grow multiple or large enough, it can put excessive pressure against the urinary bladder. The pressure can result in urinary problems like frequent urge to urinate or inability to empty the bladder.

What size of uterine fibroids require surgery?

The surgery is a very effective treatment for uterine fibroids. However, the type of surgical procedure i.e myomectomy or hysterectomy usually depends upon the size or number of the fibroids suggested by the gynecologist after diagnosing the condition. According to experts, fibroids smaller than 10 cm can be removed through myomectomy. In addition, hysterectomy is advised if the fibroids are large and clustered, and one is not planning a pregnancy in the future.

Who is at risk of uterine fibroids?

Women with the following factors are usually at higher risk of uterine fibroids:

  • Women at menopause
  • Family history of uterine fibroids
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Irregular periods
  • Hormonal imbalance
Are uterine fibroids hereditary?

According to some studies, uterine fibroids are directly controlled by hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, women with a family history of uterine fibroids are seen to be at higher risk for developing uterine fibroids.

Are uterine fibroids and cysts the same?

No. Uterine fibroids and cysts are two different conditions. Uterine fibroids generally develop from the muscle layer of the uterus, are non-cancerous tissue growths, asymptomatic in the early stage. Whereas, on the other hand, cysts usually develop in or on the ovaries and are usually benign, fluid-filled.

Can fibroids turn into cancer?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths arising from the muscle layer of the uterus. Hence, uterine fibroids do not turn into cancer. However, it is always advisable to consult the gynecologist if you experience any odd or different symptoms.

Can uterine fibroids pose any risk to my unborn baby?

Prolonged and untreated uterine fibroids are known to increase the risk of cesarean section, breech birth, and preterm deliveries in pregnant women. In some cases, they can even lead to frequent miscarriages during the first or second trimester.

Effective uterine fibroids treatment in Gurgaon at Pristyn Care

Uterine fibroids are a very common gynaecological problem that many women face. Most women keep delaying the medical consultation when they face the symptoms related to uterine fibroids. This majorly happens due to the hectic lifestyle where women living is juggling between their personal and professional live round the clock. But here is a sigh of relief, women need not endure gynecological problems like uterine fibroids is now present with its team of the best gynecologists. You just have to call us and we will book your appointment according to your convenience. So you can visit the one nearest to your place.

Painless hysterectomy surgery for uterine fibroids in Gurgaon only at Pristyn Care

If you require to undergo surgical treatment for uterine fibroids, then laparoscopic hysterectomy is the best option for you. Our gynecologists are highly trained and experienced to perform a laparoscopic hysterectomies. So, get in touch with us now and receive the painless surgery to get rid of uterine fibroids once and for all. Call us now and book your appointment with one of our gynecologists to get the best consultation and treatment experience. Ensuring your good health is our priority.

 

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