80% of women will have fibroids before they reach the age of 50. These non-cancerous tumors can affect a woman’s life in many ways causing pain and excessive bleeding among other symptoms. The topic you don’t hear much about is fibroid degeneration. Let’s explore 4 important factors about fibroid degeneration.
Some General Facts About Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow inside or on the outside of the uterus, and they require oxygenated blood to survive and grow. Women can experience excessive bleeding and pain during their menstrual cycle as well as in between periods in addition to frequent urination, and bloating. Fibroids can also cause discomfort during sexual intercourse and, in some cases, lead to infertility.
What Is Fibroid Degeneration?
When a fibroid becomes too large, it may become impossible for the body to provide enough blood and nutrients to sustain the growth of the fibroid. When this occurs, the cells of the fibroid begin to degenerate and die.
In many cases, fibroids can begin to grow again and start the process over.
The Symptoms of Fibroid Degeneration Can Be Even More Painful
Those women who are familiar with the symptoms of fibroids will find the symptoms from degeneration are even worse. If you have never had symptoms, pay attention to these particular symptoms of fibroid degeneration.
They include the following:
- Severe and stabbing pain at the site of the fibroid
- Swelling of the abdomen
The pain from degeneration can last up to several weeks.
Fibroids on a Stalk Are More Susceptible to Degeneration
Fibroids can grow on a stalk extending out from the uterine wall. In these cases, the stalk can become twisted, thereby cutting off the blood supply to the fibroid. If this occurs, not only is the pain even worse, but it lasts longer than a normal degeneration. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the fibroid and eliminate the symptoms.
Contact Dr. Robert Handley at North Texas Fibroids right away if you experience these severe symptoms.
Fibroid Degeneration Can Occur During Pregnancy
It can be frightening when degeneration occurs during pregnancy. This type of degeneration is known as necrobiosis with abnormal bleeding and severe abdominal pain as two of the main symptoms.
Ibuprofen and using heating pads can help with the pain, but you should make an appointment with Dr. Handley for a professional evaluation.
There Are Treatments Available in Dallas, TX
You don’t have to live with the pain and discomfort of fibroids or their degeneration. UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a minimally invasive treatment which will relieve the symptoms of both.
Request an appointment with Dr. Handley if you are experiencing the symptoms of fibroids sharp stabbing pain, or if you suspect fibroid degeneration.