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Uterine fibroids can grow on the inside wall of the uterus, within the muscle wall of the uterus, or on the outer wall of the uterus. They can alter the shape of the uterus as they grow.
Call to make an appointment if you have possible symptoms of a problem from a uterine fibroid.
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The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known. Fibroids begin when cells overgrow in the muscular wall of the uterus.
There are different factors that increase a woman's risk of developing uterine fibroids.
Most uterine fibroids are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and shrink with menopause. However, some fibroids are painful, press on other internal organs, bleed and cause anemia, or cause pregnancy problems.
Home treatment can ease menstrual period pain and anemia that may be linked to uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a recent addition to the list of uterine fibroid treatment options. It is a nonsurgical alternative to hysterectomy or myomectomy.
To treat uterine fibroids, surgery can be used to remove fibroids only (myomectomy) or to remove the entire uterus (hysterectomy).
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. It allows the uterus to be left in place and preserves fertility.
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