What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They may also be referred to as myoma, leiomyoma, leiomyomata, and fibromyoma.
These benign tumors develop from normal uterus muscle cells that start growing abnormally. Fibroids can vary in size ranging from microscopic to several inches. There are several different types of fibroids and it’s not unusual to have more than one type.
Some fibroids don’t produce any symptoms at all, while others can cause debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding, bloating, painful sex or a variety of other unpleasant symptoms. And, while it’s common to have multiple fibroid tumors, it’s often unclear which fibroid is causing the symptoms.
Dealing with fibroids can be disruptive to daily life, and many women report that their symptoms adversely affect their overall mood and sense of well-being.
There are a number of fibroid treatment options available. VIVA EVE specializes in a minimally-invasive treatment called uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE.
What is adenomyosis?
Adenomyosis is a non-cancerous condition in which the lining cells of the uterus grow directly into the muscle wall of the uterus. When the lining cells of the uterus bleed during the menstrual period, these misplaced cells in the muscle wall bleed as well, and the blood seepage causes pain.
As blood accumulates in the muscle wall, the surrounding muscle swells and forms fibrous tissue in response to the irritation. This swollen area within the uterine muscle wall – called an adenomyoma – feels very much like a fibroid during a medical examination and is often confused with a fibroid on a sonogram.
Fewer patients are diagnosed with adenomyosis than with fibroids. Patients with adenomyosis usually complain more about the pain than the bleeding while, typically, in patients with fibroids the bleeding is worse than the pain. Of course, the only way to be sure is to get a proper diagnosis is by a doctor who is familiar with fibroids and adenomyosis.
Like fibroids, adenomyosis can be successfully treated with UFE.