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Irregular periods, frequent urination, and pelvic pain can be quite a nuisance to deal with and quite concerning. These are often signs of uterine fibroids. Rather than suffer in silence, one of our practitioners may run tests to see if the problem is fibroids and find an appropriate course of treatment. But in the meantime, you may want to look at the most frequently asked questions about fibroids answered by our doctors at Premiere OB/GYN, serving Hollywood, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, FL, and the surrounding regions.
What Are Fibroids?
First and foremost, it's important to understand what fibroids are. They're growths that appear in the uterus. They're benign and can grow anywhere from the size of a small bean to the size of the entire uterus. It's possible to have one fibroid or multiple ones. Women of reproductive age are more likely to develop these.
What Are the Signs of Fibroids?
Much of the time, a woman may never know she has a fibroid because they don't always cause symptoms. For the woman who does have symptoms, the issues that arise vary based on the location of the fibroid or fibroids.
For example, heavy menstrual cycles are common with fibroids. The bleeding is sometimes prolonged and possibly has clotting. Pain in the pelvic region is also a common symptom. It's possible to have frequent urination. It may feel like a struggle to urinate at times, despite having the urge to go. Other possible signs include the following:
- Painful intercourse
What Causes Fibroids?
The exact cause of fibroids isn't known. However, it's believed that heighten levels of growth factors or hormonal changes are responsible. Research indicates that women with high levels of progesterone and estrogen are more likely to have fibroids.
Your age, weight, and race tend to play a role, and so does a vitamin D deficiency. Women who consume lower amounts of green vegetables or who drink alcohol habitually have a greater risk.
How Are Fibroids Diagnosed?
Sometimes, a doctor from one of our practices, either in Hollywood, Plantation, or Pembroke Pines, FL, can tell you have fibroids during a routine pelvic examination. In other cases, a physician may find them on an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Laparoscopy or hysteroscopy are other possible testing.
Medications can be used to control the symptoms. In other cases, surgery may be suggested.
At Premiere OB/GYN, serving Hollywood, Plantation, and Pembroke Pines, FL, and the general vicinity, we can help you manage your symptoms and assist with infertility if fibroids are causing it.
Book an appointment with us today by calling at (954) 961-9993 or (954) 791-2810.
Uterine fibroids are basically noncancerous growths found in the uterus. They usually appear during a woman’s childbearing years. You’ll be glad to know that they’re not related to a raised risk of developing cancer of the uterus and almost always never develop into uterine cancer.
Lots of women develop these fibroids at some point in their lives. However, they may not know they have them since fibroids don’t usually cause symptoms. Your ob-gyn might detect these fibroids during a prenatal ultrasound or routine pelvic exam in our Pembroke Pines, FL, or Hollywood, FL, here at Premiere Obgyn.
Treating Uterine Fibroids
Plenty of women experience no symptoms or warning signs of uterine fibroids, or only certain bothersome but negligible symptoms. If this applies to you, your doctor may recommend a “wait and see” approach and careful monitoring. Otherwise, your ob-gyn in our Hollywood, FL, or Pembroke Pines, FL, may suggest the following treatments for treating your fibroids:
These work by targeting hormones responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and treating symptoms like pelvic pressure and heavy periods. While they don’t get rid of uterine fibroids, they might shrink them. These medicines include:
- IUDs or intrauterine devices that release the progestin hormone
- GnRH or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists such as triptorelin, goserelin, and leuprolide
- Tranexamic acid
- Oral contraceptives for controlling menstrual bleeding
- NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for alleviating pain linked to uterine fibroids
Noninvasive Uterine Fibroid Treatment
This includes MRI-guided FUS or focused ultrasound surgery. This outpatient procedure will preserve the state of the uterus and doesn’t require an incision.
Minimally Invasive Uterine Fibroid Procedures
Some minimally invasive surgeries are capable of destroying fibroids without removing them via the procedure. These include:
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Uterine artery embolization
- Robotic or laparoscopic myomectomy
- Endometrial ablation
- Hysteroscopic myomectomy
Traditional Uterine Fibroid Surgical Interventions
- Abdominal myomectomy is often recommended for treating very large, very deep, and/or multiple fibroids. This requires opening up the abdomen area to extract the fibroids.
- Hysterectomy entails removing the entire uterus and is the only proven option for permanent fibroid elimination. This is a major procedure that ends your capability to have children in the future.
Take note that for all fibroid treatment options, except for hysterectomy, some tiny tumors that might not be detected during surgery could grow over time and result in symptoms that will require further treatment. Additionally, new fibroids that might or might not need treatment, could likewise develop. This is why routine checkups with your ob-gyn and proper monitoring are crucial.
Speak to Us For Help Treating Your Uterine Fibroids
Arrange an evaluation in our Pembroke Pines, FL, or Hollywood, FL, here at Premiere Obgyn by calling (954) 961-9993.