Uterine Fibroid Myths
Five uterine fibroids myths, from a presentation at the meeting of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Assembly of Southern California. [For more on myomas, including some excellent (Warning: graphic!) intraop pics, go here and here.]
▸ Myth No. 1. A rapidly growing fibroid could be or become a leiomyosarcoma [cancerous].
▸ Myth No. 2. If you can't feel the ovaries because fibroids are in the way, you need to do a hysterectomy because if the patient develops ovarian cancer you would never pick it up.
▸ Myth No. 3. Intramural [inside the uterine wall] fibroids will impair fertility so we need to take them out.
▸ Myth No. 4. Fibroids will just grow back after myomectomy, so one might as well do a hysterectomy.
▸ Myth No. 5. Hysterectomy is safer than myomectomy.