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What to Expect After Your Uterine Fibroid Diagnosis

What to Expect After Your Uterine Fibroid Diagnosis

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus, and they are relatively common. It's estimated that up to 80% of women will have uterine fibroids by the age of 50. 

If you've recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to expect next. While uterine fibroids can cause discomfort and other symptoms, they are generally not dangerous. However, it's still important to understand what to expect after your diagnosis so you can manage your symptoms and make informed decisions about your treatment options.

Here are some things you can expect after your uterine fibroid diagnosis and how our team at Fresno Fibroid Center can support you in our Fresno, California, office.

Increased awareness of symptoms

If you have uterine fibroids, you may experience a range of symptoms, including heavy and painful periods, prolonged periods, pelvic pain, abdominal pressure, frequent urination, pain during sex, constipation, and back pain. Heavy bleeding can also contribute to anemia. 

After your diagnosis, you may become more aware of these symptoms and how they affect your daily life.

Review of your treatment options

Once our team has confirmed that your symptoms are caused by fibroids, we discuss all of your treatment options. 

There are several treatment options for uterine fibroids, including:

During your treatment planning, we discuss all of these options with you and help you decide which one is best for you based on the number, size, and location of your fibroids. We also take into account the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and your family planning goals. 

Monitoring and follow-up

Even if your fibroids are not causing significant symptoms, we may recommend monitoring them to ensure they don't grow. This is sometimes referred to as “watchful waiting.” This may involve regular ultrasounds or other imaging tests to track the size and location of your fibroids.

During this time, consider keeping a journal. If you notice any changes or new symptoms, let us know.

Lifestyle changes

Making certain lifestyle changes can help manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of developing more fibroids. This can include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. 

Studies show that a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, dark leafy greens, and yellow vegetables helps support gynecological function. Additionally, the Mediterranean diet is often viewed as a diet that helps fight systemic inflammation. 

Emotional support

A uterine fibroid diagnosis can be emotionally challenging, and it's important to have support from loved ones and health care professionals. Consider joining a support group or talking to a therapist to help manage any anxiety or stress you may be feeling.

Help for your uterine fibroids

No matter where you are in your journey 一 a recent diagnosis or perhaps you’re just now starting to suspect you have a fibroid 一 we know that a uterine fibroid diagnosis can be unsettling, but remember that it's a common condition and we are here to support you. By understanding what to expect and working closely with us, you can take control of your health and improve your quality of life.

Questions? Give us a call at 559-216-0746 or click here to book an appointment.

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