Fibroids: Myth vs. Fact

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Fibroids: Myth vs. Fact

Receiving a diagnosis of fibroids can be a little unnerving, especially with the misinformation that is out there. So let’s take a look at some of the misinformation about uterine fibroids, and get to the truth by looking at the facts.

Myth #1: Uterine Fibroids are cancerous growths.

FACT: Often after getting diagnosed with uterine fibroids, the first question patients ask is “Are the fibroids cancerous?” Fortunately for all, the answer is no. Fibroids are benign growths and are not linked to uterine cancer.

MYTH #2: If the symptoms of having fibroids aren’t that bad, it’s best to just keep an eye on things, and wait it out.

FACT: Fibroids can be very unpredictable, and in some cases, holding off on treatment can lead to serious consequences. Fibroids can grow quickly, and the heavy blood loss they cause each month is not only uncomfortable, but it can create a high risk of becoming anemic.

MYTH #3: Once fibroids are removed, they’re gone forever.

FACT: It is possible that new fibroids will develop, which is why it is important to follow up with your physician on a regular basis. If the fibroids are recurring, you may need to try a different kind of treatment, which your doctor will discuss with you.

MYTH #4: If you have fibroids, you can’t get pregnant or stay pregnant.

FACT: Not all fibroids affect your fertility, and there isn’t a strong link between infertility and fibroids. In fact, many women with fibroids have healthy pregnancies. That being said, if fibroids are causing fertility issues, treating them can definitely be helpful.

MYTH #5: Hysterectomy is the only treatment option for uterine fibroids.

FACT: Absolutely not. Thanks to medical advances, there are several minimally invasive alternatives to a hysterectomy. In the past, a hysterectomy was often the only option for women with uterine fibroids, but today that is absolutely not the case.

If you have any questions about uterine fibroids or their treatment of them, please call us today at MidAtlantic Fibroid Care, at 301-622-5360.

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