A common, painful and frustrating gynecological condition is uterine fibroids. Benign growths stemming from either the internal or external uterine walls, fibroids are fully treatable. At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your 5 board-certified physicians help women feel better and regain normal reproductive and sexual function.
How uterine fibroids happen?
Also called leiomyomas, uterine fibroids are vascularized growths of varying sizes, shapes and locations within the female reproductive tract. While most fibroids are located within or right on the uterus, some fibroids may invade the cervix and ovaries.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report that fibroids typically grow in women of child-bearing years--30 to 40 years of age--and for some reason, African-American women seem more prone to them than do their Caucasian counterparts. Causes of fibroids remain something of a mystery; however, some researchers suspect that alcohol usage and hypertension may contribute to their development.
Symptoms of fibroids
For some women, fibroids cause few to no symptoms. Other women, however, feel very ill, exhibiting:
- Pain with sex
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Difficulty urinating
- Menstrual pain
- Heavy periods
Fibroid symptoms may escalate depending on their size and location and how quickly they grow.
Diagnosis and treatment
At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your OB/GYN doctor will examine you and note your symptoms. Ultrasound imaging and/or a hysteroscope examination helps visualize fibroids, along with their location and size. Laparoscopy is a mild surgical procedure that introduces a lighted scope through a small abdominal incision so the doctor may discover fibroids on the outside of the uterus.
With a definitive diagnosis, your doctor will formulate a care plan suited to your needs and projected outcomes. Common treatments are:
- Birth control pills
- IUDs (intrauterine devices) which release progestin
- Myomectomy, or surgical removal of fibroids
- MRI-guided surgery
- Hysterectomy (a last resort solution for very large fibroids)
Find out more
If you suspect you have fibroids, please contact Premiere OBGYN for an evaluation. You can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. Call (954) 961-9993 today.