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Uterine Fibroids: Conventional Treatment

You obviously can't seek medical treatment for a problem you don't even know exists.  But, if you 

display certain symptoms, you should consult your personal health care practitioner. 


Symptoms that may be indicative of the existence of fibroids include pelvic pain that just won't leave, heavy or painful periods, as well as spotting or bleeding between periods.  If you have trouble emptying your bladder or if you're constipated, you may have fibroids.  Also pain during sex may indicate the presence of fibroids in or around your uterus.


Don't hesitate to seek medical treatment if you have severe vaginal bleeding or if you experience sharp pelvic pain that starts suddenly.


Most women discover they have fibroids as the results of another, sometimes unrelated exam.  But there are methods available to definitely determine their presence.  The first is through the ultrasound.  Your health care practitioner may obtain one to confirm the presence of these growths and detect their location and size.  An ultrasound is a painless method that basically uses sound waves to attain a picture of your uterus.


If the ultrasound fails to produce enough information, your health care practitioner may request other imaging exams.  He may order a hysterosonography.  Much like an ultrasound, this method uses sterile saline to expand the cavity of the uterus.  This makes it easier to get images of the interior of the organ.  You health care practitioner may take this approach if your symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding.


Another method of detecting the presence of fibroids is with the hysterosalpingography.  This technique makes use of a dye which highlights the cavity of the uterus and the fallopian tubes.  X-rays are then taken.  This approach could be used if you're concerned about the growth affecting your fertility.


A third, alternate technique for detecting the presence of fibroids is with a hysteroscopy.  With this method your health care practitioner inserts a small, lit telescope called a hysteroscope through your cervix and into your uterus.  This tube, then releases either a gas or a liquid that expands your uterus.  This allows your health care practitioner to better examine the walls of your uterus as well as your fallopian tubes.  This procedure can easily be done in the office of your health care practitioner.


If one of your symptoms is abnormal vaginal bleeding, then your health care practitioner may decide to conduct several other tests to investigate other potential causes of the bleeding. 



Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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