Don’t Believe These 5 Fibroid Myths

Fibroids are growths of fibrous tissue and smooth muscle cells. They often adhere to wall of the uterus. If you are a woman over the age of 35, it is not uncommon for you to suffer from this uterine condition. In fact, fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. Now, don’t let the word “tumors” scare you. There are many misconceptions about fibroids, and debunking the following myths can help put your mind at ease.


Myth #1 Fibroids are Cancerous

While fibroids are considered “tumors,” they are typically benign. In fact, only 1 in 1,000 fibroids contain cancerous cells according to The Office of Women’s Health.


Myth #2 Fibroids Cause Pain

Fibroids come in all shapes and sizes. While some do cause discomfort, it is not always the case. Some women are surprised to learn they even have a fibroid when getting a routine ultrasound.


Myth #3 Fibroids Make It Difficult to Get Pregnant

Don’t worry, unless you have a rare case of multiple fibroids across your uterus, it should not impact your ability to conceive. Most patients with fibroids do not experience any difficulty getting pregnant.


Myth #4 Fibroids Must Always Be Removed

Since many fibroids shrink or stop growing as a woman gets closer to menopause, it may be that your physician suggests not doing anything at all. In such cases, you will be monitored closely for your symptoms and periodic ultrasounds may be required to make sure the fibroid is not growing. The use of anti-hormonal agents may also be used as an alternative to removing the fibroid.


Myth #5 Removing a Fibroid Requires an Invasive Surgery

Not always. In the past, doctors recommended a hysterectomy to get rid of stubborn uterine fibroids. However, modern medicine has greatly changed this outcome. Now, there are several less invasive options to remove fibroids, including an artery embolism or myomectomy.

If you are experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, such as heavy periods, low back pain, frequent urination or pelvic discomfort, let us know. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we are well-qualified to treat all types of uterine fibroids as well as put your mind at ease about what the presence of a fibroid actually means. To schedule an examination with one of our trusted physicians, contact North Pointe OB/GYN today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Breastfeeding: Benefits for Baby and Mom

Both breastmilk and formula can provide adequate nutrition for a healthy, growing baby. Not every new mom is able or willing to breastfeed – and that’s okay! However, it is helpful to understand the reasons why breastfeeding can be an excellent choice..

Don’t Let a UTI Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are responsible for up to 8 million visits to the doctor each year. Here’s insight on the causes and symptoms of UTIs and most importantly, how you can avoid a UTI in your future.

Preventing High Risk Pregnancy with Preconception Health

A high-risk pregnancy means that you and your baby will require additional or special monitoring during your pregnancy to reduce your chances of developing serious or life-threatening complications. As many as 10% of all pregnancies fall into the high-risk

Night Sweats Explained

You go to sleep comfortably and peacefully, only to wake up in the middle of the night with pajamas and a pillow cases that are drenched in sweat. While night sweats are not uncommon, they can most definitely sabotage a good night’s sleep.

BRCA Gene Testing

Genetic testing offers a way to detect how vulnerable you are to certain inherited diseases or cancers. One of the most widely used forms of genetic testing is specifically for women. It involves the BRCA gene mutation, which determines a woman’s risk for