Uterine fibroids can become a headache for women. A problem that affects women of all ages, but that can be more frequent between 30 and 50 years of age, can hinder and a lot at the time of becoming pregnant but does not prevent a pregnancy . Uterine fibroids are nothing more than one or more nodules in the inner or lower muscles of the uterus. Until today it is not known for certain why uterine fibroids appear in the body, some theories are that fibroids appear at puberty and this because of the hormonal increase of this phase. Another factor that is being investigated is the genetic factor, that is, women who have a history of uterine fibroids in the family tend to have it too. Symptoms of uterine fibroids can be as follows:
- Bleeding in abundance in the menstrual period
- Abdominal pains during intercourse or day to day
- Apparent swelling on one side of the abdomen
Rarely or almost never, the uterine fibroid turns into a malignant tumor. These fibroids can only hinder the time of becoming pregnant or compromise the quality of life of those who carry it, as it provides constant pain and bleeding. However, there are benign nodules of myoma that are painless and can be of some types such as:
Intramural: in the middle of the uterine wall Pedicles: They look like tumors in the ovary but are benign and are connected by a very thin film, the pedicle. Submucosal: inside the uterus and that which causes excessive bleeding and out of time. Suberous: These are the ones that are outside the uterus, these are the causes of pain when they start to squeeze the other organs and according to the size, it has to be removed immediately.
The procedures to detect myoma are via ultrasound, computed tomography or imaging exams in general and specific for that purpose or even a pelvic exam in the doctor’s office to detect any deformity in the size and shape of the uterus and even a biopsy can help to diagnose the fibroid. The main problem with uterine fibroids is when the woman wants to get pregnant, especially if it is of the submucosal type (inside the uterus) because it causes bleeding from the endometrium. However, women with fibroids can get pregnant. How hysterectomy can be recommended for most of the more severe cases, alternative treatments such as medications and the removal of the nodule should be considered for the woman who wants to become pregnant to achieve motherhood, that your doctor can advise on the best solution.
The treatment of uterine fibroids will depend on the size and severity of the situation, surgery is usually done to remove it via laparoscopy and this is the safest alternative for those who want to become pregnant. For milder cases, treatment with medication can help a lot in recovery and help “dry” the uterine fibroid and this procedure is called embolization. Embolization has the tactic to remove irrigation from the area where the fibroid is so it is left without food and greatly reduces its size. This has been the fastest and least invasive way out compared to surgery.
Laurawas diagnosed at the age of 25 with a fibroid inside the uterus and one year after the diagnosis she had surgery to remove the nodule. Today, at the age of 35, she has 2 children as a result of her marriage of 20 years, Milena of 9 and Felipe of 5. ”Since I was a teenager, I felt immense pain during menstruation and outside. Everyone said it was normal to feel cramping, even my mother had and a lot of pain during her period. The problem happened when I got married and decided to get pregnant. We spent many years trying and then I decided to investigate to find out why I didn’t get pregnant and the pain. I remember as if it were today, the doctor said that the fibroid was the size of a medium orange and that was the reason I was unable to get pregnant. After the nodule removal and recovery surgery it took only 3 months to get pregnant. So I do recommend that ifinvestigate if you cannot get pregnant or if you feel a lot of pain. I had no unusual bleeding, but I still had a large fibroid. “
If you have severe abdominal pain and bleeding, you should see your gynecologist for tests to find out if it is a type of uterine fibroid. And if you want to get pregnant, know that it is possible , and depending on the case, simple treatments are enough to safely carry the pregnancy forward.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.