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An Alternative to Surgery for Uterine Fibroids
About Uterine FibroidsUterine fibroids are benign, non-cancerous, growths — within or on the muscular walls of the uterus or womb. As many as 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35 have fibroids. They can be caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal or environmental factors; however the true cause is unknown. Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, pelvic pain, back pain, as well as heavy bleeding and pain during menstruation. Fibroids can also cause pressure symptoms such as constipation, frequent urination, pain with intercourse and infertility.
How are Fibroids Diagnosed?If your symptoms and the results of a physical exam indicate fibroids could be present, then your doctor may order more tests for confirmation. Ultrasound is a painless procedure using sound waves to create pictures of the fibroids. MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures and is very helpful in delineating the types and number of fibroids in the uterus. MRI can exclude other diagnoses such as adenomyosis or ovarian tumors. HSS (Saline Hysterosonography) uses saline which is inserted into the uterine lining to provide a better look at the lining and possible growths in the lining such as fibroids or polyps.