The weird thing about uterine fibroids is that many women can have them, and yet never know they do. You see, more times than not, these tumors are asymptomatic, which means that most women who have them will never experience any of the signs and symptoms of fibroids.
Howe then can a women know if she has these tumors?
Through an Examination.
Often times, doctors can detect fibroids through regular pelvic exams to the vagina, ovaries, and uterus. If they do detect fibroids, they’ll describe the tumors’ size(s) by comparing them to the size of your uterus were you pregnant. For example, a doctor may tell a woman that her fibroids have made her uterus the approximate size at nine weeks into a pregnancy. Or, doctors may liken them to the size of more familiar objects, such as nuts or fruits.
Through Imaging Tests.
Doctors can also perform imaging tests to further confirm the presence of fibroids, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays, or cat scan (CT) tests. Ultrasounds, x-rays and MRI tests can sufficiently be used to identify fibroids, but CT scans often work best, as they take several x-rays of the body from different angle, thusly allowing for a more complete image.
Chances are you will never need to worry about needing uterine fibroid treatments, even if you have these tumors. Most women will only need to consider what fibroid treatments they may need when they begin to experience some of the symptoms of fibroid cysts, and even then, there are medicinal fibroid treatments, and noninvasive fibroid treatments available, which means that they won’t need to undergo uterine fibroid surgery.
If you have any questions about detecting fibroids or about fibroid treatments, feel free to share in the comments.