Could You Be Suffering From Uterine Fibroids?

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Uterine fibroids are a common health concern for women. These small growths are benign, non-cancerous tumors. Even though these are benign tumors, uterine fibroids can still cause significant problems. Many women report that their severe symptoms interfere with their daily lives. If you suspect that you could be suffering from uterine fibroids in Atlanta, consult one of the world's leading fibroid experts Dr. John Lipman at the Atlanta Fibroid Center (gotfibroids.com or call 770-953-2600 for more information).

Do You Experience Symptoms?

There are many possible signs of fibroids. Not all women will experience the same symptoms. It is possible for uterine fibroids to cause pain during intercourse, pain in the lower back, and pain or pressure in the pelvic area. Additionally, the lower pelvic area may feel unusually full or it may become enlarged. Many women with uterine fibroids suffer from menstrual problems. They may have very heavy bleeding and significant pain during their periods. The bleeding may be significant enough to result in anemia, which can cause the patient to feel extremely fatigued. They may get migraine-like headaches each month or chew/crave ice. They may see changes to their nails or hair (exs. thinning/brittle hair or actual hair loss).

Are You at Risk of Fibroids?

Many women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids even if they do not experience symptoms. However, the older a woman gets, the more likely she is to develop symptoms due to the growth of these fibroids over time. Women are likely to develop fibroids in their late 20's & 30's although they may not have significant symptoms until their 40's. Other risk factors include being African-American, having a family history of fibroids, being overweight or obese, and consuming a great deal of red meat.

Have You Undergone a Pelvic Exam?

For women without symptoms, a doctor may discover that they have uterine fibroids during a routine pelvic exam. During the pelvic exam, the doctor can feel these growths as lumps on the uterine wall. Imaging tests (ex. Pelvic ultrasound) can confirm the diagnosis, after which you can visit Dr. Lipman at the Atlanta Fibroid Center to explore your treatment options.

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