Calcified Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop in or around the uterus for unknown reasons, although it's believed that certain factors play a role in their growth. Women with active fibroids often experience complications related to fertility, as well as period-related symptoms, including severe menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual bleeding, and spotting between periods. Fibroids, which are clinically known as muscle tumors, can occasionally degenerate on their own if their growth outpaces the blood supply feeding the fibroids. When this occurs, calcium deposits may develop on the fibroids.

Typically, calcified fibroids are "quieter" than active fibroids. They usually don't require medical attention, as these fibroids have reached the end stage of a degenerative process, meaning there can be no further disease progression. However, in order to be evaluated with a clean bill of health, meeting with a specialist or the fibroid doctors at VIVA EVE can give you the peace of mind you're seeking.

What Are Calcified Fibroids?

Calcified fibroids are inactive fibroids that have developed calcium deposits during the degenerative process. Degeneration occurs when a fibroid's aggressive growth rate outpaces the body's blood supply, and the blood vessels are unable to provide the fibroid with the oxygen and nutrients the fibroid needs to thrive.

Symptoms of Calcified Fibroids

Typically calcium deposits begin to form post-necrosis (cell death). As the cells begin to die, women may experience painful symptoms. The pain that is caused by degenerating fibroids is often due to the blood supply being reduced. Known symptoms include abdominal pain at the site of the fibroid and severe cramping.

If you are a woman with fibroids, it can be difficult to know what is the typical pain associated with fibroids, and what may be a sign of degeneration. To be diagnosed, make an appointment to be examined by a fibroid specialist. Once the fibroid becomes calcified, symptoms usually dissipate. In fact, fibroids that are treated with uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) often become calcified as the procedure blocks blood flow to the fibroids, leading to symptom relief.

Fibroid symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Heavy periods or periods lasting a week or longer
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain while having sex
  • Leg pains or backache
  • Constipation

If you suspect you have fibroids, schedule a fibroid screening to find out your specific prognosis. Your fibroid doctor may run some tests in addition to an examination to reach a diagnosis.

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