Calcified Fibroid as the Final Stage of the Condition
Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in or on the walls of the uterus. Each woman with fibroids has a unique experience, including the growth rate of fibroid nodes. In some cases, fibroids can grow so fast and so large that they outgrow their own blood supply. It can cause hyaline degeneration. This degenerative process can cause calcium deposition leading to calcification. Thus, calcined fibroid appears.
Fibroid degeneration is most common when a woman approaches menopause. Hormonal changes often stimulate the growth of fibroids, which leads to degeneration and accumulation of calcium deposits.
Calcined fibroid is the final stage of a degenerative process. Its size does not change, new symptoms do not appear.
Calcified Fibroid: Signs and Symptoms
Calcified fibroids can be detected by routine OB/GYN or radiological examination, because calcified fibroids are more prominent due to the calcium content.
However, more reliably calcified fibroids are diagnosed using the same series of diagnostic tests – non-invasive ultrasound and MRI, which fibroid specialists use to diagnose fibroids in general.
To confirm that the fibroids are inactive, specialists use MRI with contrast. This is done to determine if fibroids are active or not by measuring the level of activity of the blood supply to the nodes. Fibroids that are active look very bright in the pictures.
As soon as the fibroids begin the degenerative process, the doctor sees that the white area slowly turns black.
They differ from standard [non-calcified] fibroids by causing significantly less pain because the calcified fibroid is no longer growing.
In general, they have similar symptoms to the non-calcified uterine fibroids.
⇒ Related: Uterine fibroid symptoms
When fibroids calcify, a woman may experience less pain or abnormal menstruation than during periods of growth and degeneration.
When calcified fibroids are large, this can put pressure on the bladder and intestines, causing urinary incontinence, constipation or diarrhea.
A woman may also experience some pain or unpleasant pressure in the lower abdomen or waist.
If calcification occurs before menopause, a woman may experience an increase or decrease in flow during her periods.
Sometimes, calcified fibroids can also cause complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage and premature birth.
Calcified Fibroid | Causes and Risk Factors
Age is a major risk factor for calcified fibroids. There is an increased likelihood of calcification in women during menopause, who often experience calcification of uterine fibroids naturally when their hormones regress.
There are a number of causative factors that can contribute to the growth of fibroids in general, including:
– Female hormones, including estrogen and progesterone, which stimulate the growth of fibroids;
– Genetic changes that create different from normal cells of the muscles of the uterus;
– Excess weight;
– Vitamin D deficiency;
– Early onset of menstruation;
– Some dietary factors, such as eating a lot of red meat and a small amount of vegetables;
– Strong drinking.
What are the complications of calcified fibroids?
Calcified fibroids can lead to anemia from severe blood loss.
And despite the fact that such fibroids have already stopped in their development and growth, ignoring fibroids is not recommended because in some cases, these non-cancerous neoplasms can lead to infertility or loss of pregnancy.
Treatment Of Calcified Fibroid
In some cases, calcified fibroids do not require treatment. Although they can cause painful symptoms, this is the body’s natural response to a decrease in blood supply.
Our body is very sensitive to changes in blood supply. And sometimes the body does not know whether it is good or bad.
For example, pain after UFE (fibrinoid treatment option) is not associated with incisions, cuts or healing – the procedure is completely nonsurgical.
But pain occurs in the first hours due to a decrease in blood supply.
Many doctors will suggest a conservative approach to treating uterine fibroids, including the use of over-the-counter pain medications or ibuprofen to relieve pain and cramping.
Birth control pills may also be helpful for some women to regulate their hormones and alleviate some of the discomfort associated with calcified fibroids.
This nonsurgical procedure will help get rid of fibroids completely and get your life without pain and heavy periods back in a couple of days.