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Fibroids: Myths vs Facts

There are many misconceptions about fibroids making it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Let’s start with the facts. One-half of American women will develop fibroids by age 50. You are 3 times more likely to develop fibroids if your mother or grandmother had them. African American women are 3 times more likely to get them versus Caucasian women. Now let’s debunk myths you may have heard.

At CNY Women’s Healthcare, our board-certified OBGYNs are committed to providing personalized and effective solutions for fibroids. Contact our OBGYN clinic in Syracuse, NY today by calling (315) 446-4201.

MYTH: Fibroids increase the likelihood of developing cancer

This is a myth and false.

Because fibroids are usually described as tumors, many people think they are cancerous or precancerous tumors. They are benign tumors. Less than 1 in 1000 fibroids ever develop into cancer.Woman having abdomen pain.

MYTH: If you have fibroids you will have heavy and painful periods

This is not true for all women.

Some women will have symptoms that include painful heavy periods, but other women can have fibroids with no symptoms at all. Some symptoms can overlap with other types of conditions, so if you have backaches, constipation, or painful intercourse, see CNY Women’s Healthcare for a full evaluation in Syracuse, NY.

MYTH: Women with fibroids are infertile

Yes, this is partially true.

A woman with fibroids may find it difficult to conceive and carry a baby to term, however NOT ALL fibroids affect fertility. Many women can carry a baby to full term and still have fibroids.

It depends on the size, location, and number of fibroids. If they block the entrance to the uterus or are where the baby needs to develop, this can affect pregnancy. See our physicians to determine if infertility will be a problem for you.

MYTH: If you don’t have severe symptoms, don’t worry about your fibroids

If you have no symptoms with your fibroids, there is no need for treatment or removal. It is important, however, to see our OBGYNs regularly to track their growth or any changes.

MYTH: The treatment for fibroids is a hysterectomy

This is false, and an outdated myth.

Although many women opt for a hysterectomy, this is not the only one available to you. There are several non-surgical and less invasive procedures to remove or shrink your fibroids. Talk with our OBGYNs about other fibroid treatment options including myomectomy and uterine fibroid embolization.

MYTH: Fibroids disappear after menopause

This is not true.

We may wish this were true, but fibroids can increase or grow after menopause in some cases and women may need treatment.

Contact our board-certified OBGYNs at (315) 446-4201 for additional ways to help you discern myths vs facts about fibroids or to learn more about treatments that may be right for you.