Did you know that most women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives? For those living in the greater Orlando, Florida, area, the care of a team member from the Women's Health Specialists, can help relieve the symptoms of uterine fibroids. To learn more, book a one-on-one consultation today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment that fits your busy life, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up your visit.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They are incredibly common, although many women are unaware they have fibroids. These muscular tumors rarely develop into cancer, and having uterine fibroids is not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer.
Women between the ages of 30-40 are most likely to develop uterine fibroids, but they can occur in women of any age. African-American women have a higher risk level and tend to encounter fibroids at an earlier age.
Fibroids can be so tiny you can’t detect them with the human eye, or so large they distend your abdomen. You can have one fibroid or many, and not all fibroids present symptoms.
Many women have no idea they have fibroids, and if the growths aren’t causing symptoms, there may be no need to pursue treatment. When symptoms are present, they might include:
In some cases, infertility is the first symptom of uterine fibroids, and the condition is discovered as your doctor searches for answers regarding your ability to conceive.
If you aren’t experiencing symptoms, the best course of action may be a time of watchful waiting. Not all fibroids continue to grow, and they can shrink over time.
Medications can play a role in treating uterine fibroids. Hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy can control heavy bleeding and resolve anemia caused by fibroids. Other medications focus on altering your hormonal balance to shrink fibroids.
A procedure called fibroid embolization works by injecting a blocking agent into the arteries that feed your fibroids. Once that blood supply slows, fibroids shrink and symptoms lessen. Endometrial ablation is another approach and works by destroying a portion of your uterine lining to control bleeding.
Larger fibroids may need to be surgically removed. Minimally invasive techniques can remove larger fibroids. In rare cases, hysterectomy is the only way to eliminate large or painful fibroids.
To discuss uterine fibroid diagnostic and treatment options in more detail, call or schedule an appointment online today.