What Are Pedunculated Fibroids: Symptoms & Diagnosis

There are many females that are suffering from pedunculated fibroids and they can be quite bothersome. If you are not familiar with this term, you may want to educate yourself on it, because it is the most common fibroid condition. In fact, this condition is noted for affecting nearly seventy percent of women that are still capable of getting pregnant.

Fibroid Growth
This type of fibroid is different from the others, in that they are known to grow in the endometrium and they will attach to the uterus by a stalk. They can potentially grow so large that they can actually cause the womb to stretch. These are normally benign and very rarely ever turn to cancer, but that does not prevent them from causing abnormalities in the menstrual cycle. The tumor can become so large that surgery may be required to remove it.

Your gynecologist will normally order an ultrasound, which will show the tumors’ position and how large they are. Blood tests are also ordered, including a complete blood count, which will look for low red blood cells. This is a definite sign of anemia and it needs to be treated with iron supplements.

Symptoms of Pedunculated Fibroids
There are some very common symptoms, which are frequently associated with this type of tumor. In general, most women will not find any threatening or harmful symptoms, but some will. In some severe cases, the patient will feel intense pain within their legs and back. Of course, the worst-case scenario involves the possibility of becoming infertile. In this type of situation, it is crucial to seek out the assistance of a gynecologist, as soon as possible.

  • Excessive amounts of menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual periods are prolonged to seven days or longer
  • Intense pain or pressure on the pelvic
  • Need to continually urinate
  • Emptying the bladder seems impossible

Hormone Treatments
When it comes down to it, there are very few medical professionals, who can offer a true cure, since there really isn’t one. In fact, more rely on one surgery or medication, which only curbs the symptoms, shrinks the tumor, or extracts the uterus. Hormone treatments are an excellent way to cut off the supply of nutrients to the fibroid. This will not help to kill off the tumor, but of course it will shrink and the symptoms will begin to dissipate.

When it comes to invasive surgeries, most professionals will urge the patient to undergo a hysterectomy. Although this is certainly an effective treatment, it doesn’t come without dangers and negative consequences. Any woman, who wishes to have a baby or get pregnant in the future, should avoid this operation, since it will result in infertility for the patient. Still, the removal of the uterus will totally eliminate the problem at its source.

This is a very similar treatment to the hysterectomy, but it will give the woman the ability to maintain her fertility. This is certainly a much better operation for women, who still want to get pregnant and give birth in the future. It still helps to target and remove the growths, without damaging or harming the uterus.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization
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