Fibroid Awareness Month
Under-Discussed Women’s Health Issue
Southwest Fertility Center recognizes July as Fibroid Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to a common, yet under-discussed women’s health issue.
Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb) They are almost always benign (not cancerous). Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Treatment for uterine fibroids depends on the symptoms
What Women Need to Know
About 20 percent to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids also can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination, or the rectum, causing rectal pressure. Should the fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdomen (stomach area) to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant.
Fibroid Education and Awareness
It is crucial to spread awareness and education about uterine fibroids not only because of the number of women affected, but also so women can recognize when their body is trying to tell them that something is wrong. We have had many patients come in for a diagnosis and say they thought their heavy, lengthy periods were “normal” or that their protruding abdomen was just them gaining weight. It was only when their friend or family member mentioned to them that they should be more concerned about these issues that they were prompted to go online to get more information about their symptoms.
Southwest Fertility Center
Infertility treatment specialists at Southwest Fertility Center have been helping patients since 1980. Our team of fertility specialists has established a well-earned reputation for successfully helping couples through fertility issues. When you visit our office, we will take our time to get to know you so that we can provide a set of treatment options that best fit your individual needs. We take great pride in our non-discrimination policies and we accept all patients regardless of their prior medical conditions or sexual orientation. Our staff of medical professionals is dedicated to providing you with the patience and compassion you deserve.
For more information regarding our treatment options, financing, or to discuss your individual treatment needs, speak with one of our staff members today. 602-956-7481