Your Fibroid Uterus Classified

Where does the muscle lump in your uterus, known as a uterine fibroid actually sit? Physicians have begun to  classify them according to the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE). Top, bottom, side, stalked, internal? Type 0 firoids are entirely within the uterine cavity it self. Type II is where more than 50% actually is sitting within the wall of the uterus. Type 1 fibroids sit part way into the wall, but mostly hanging intio the cavity of the uterus. Depending upon the location a fibroid can produce a lot of havoc or else get snipped off without a lot of fanfare. On the other hand, most fibroids can be ignored altogether if they are in the right spot,and not causing symptoms of pain or bleeding, so don't jump to judgment if you get told on pelvic exam you have a fibroid uterus as a diagnosis at your next gyno visit. It's true that about 25-30% of women have them, and in fact over time about 30% of all hysterectomies have been performed for fibroids, costing women and their health care dollars a lot of time an energy, but they don't always have to be managed with the invasive therapy of surgery.. And we've been able to go through the cervix to operate and remove fibroids through hysteroscopy for a number of years, but it's usually been requiring of general anesthesia, and this may or may not be necessary as we move forward with studies. One study with the myosure device is looking at ways to treat fibroids even less invasively than they are treated today. The Clinical Trial. gov site is http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00979342 
and for those interested at Women's Health Practice they should call to inquire at the clinical research division . Eventually though you need to ask the question, where is your fibroid, and for that your gyno needs to get out her ultrasound, and perhaps a couple of other tests as well.

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