As many as 80% of women in the United States will develop a fibroid before they reach age 50. These benign tumors don’t always cause symptoms, but if they do, you may find them difficult to live with. The experienced all-female team at Contemporary Women’s Care, with offices in Winter Park and Lake Nona, Florida, provides treatment for fibroids to help reduce your symptoms. Call the office today or request an appointment online.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. They’re very common and affect a large majority of women during their childbearing years. You can have one fibroid or many, and they may be as small as a pencil point or as large as a softball.
Researchers aren’t sure what the cause of fibroids is, but theorize it may be hormonal. You may also be more likely to develop fibroids if you have a family history of benign tumors. Obesity and eating a lot of red meat may also increase your risk of fibroids.
Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, so you may not know you have one until it’s found during your annual check-up.
Symptoms that may indicate you have a fibroid include:
If you suspect you have a fibroid, schedule an appointment with your specialist at Contemporary Women’s Care for an evaluation. They can confirm your suspicions after a physical and pelvic examination, along with an ultrasound to determine the size and location of your fibroid.
Management of your fibroid may depend on your symptoms, the size, and location of your fibroid, and your future pregnancy plans. If your fibroid isn’t causing you any problems, your doctor may recommend simply monitoring the tumor. In many cases, it may go away on its own.
However, if you’re experiencing symptoms, your specialist may recommend:
If your fibroid symptoms are moderate or severe, your doctor can surgically remove it, which is referred to as a myomectomy. The OB/GYN specialists at Contemporary Women’s Care are advanced surgical experts, and when possible, offer minimally invasive surgery to remove your fibroid to minimize scarring and risk.
Removing your fibroid, however, doesn’t guarantee that another fibroid won’t grow. If you no longer plan on having children, your specialist may recommend a hysterectomy, which is a surgical procedure that removes your uterus, to prevent a recurrence of your fibroids.
For expert gynecological care and management of your fibroids, call Contemporary Women’s Care today or book an appointment online.