Fibroids are the most common growth found in the uterus, affecting millions of women during their reproductive years. Although these tumors don’t always cause symptoms, they can be painful and disruptive for some women, especially if they are large. OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami can confirm the presence of fibroids in symptomatic women. The doctors also treat this condition effectively. To learn more about fibroids treatment, call the office in Miami today.
Fibroids are compact tumors that grow in your uterus during your childbearing years. These tumors are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. Fibroids may affect as many as 50% of women of reproductive age, but many women don’t know they exist.
A fibroid tumor can range in size considerably. Some are as small as a seed, while others are large enough to stretch the uterus.
Fibroid tumors develop during the childbearing years, possibly because of the effects of reproductive hormones. However, the exact cause of fibroids isn’t known. Some women are more likely to develop these tumors than others. Some of the risk factors for fibroids include:
Many fibroids don’t cause any symptoms, and you may never notice them unless you have testing for another purpose. However, if your fibroids are large or if you have many fibroids, you may notice:
In cases where fibroids are large, your doctor may be able to feel them during a pelvic exam. However, to confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may order imaging tests to view the inside of the uterus. In some cases, the doctor may even recommend a hysteroscopy, which is a procedure that allows them to look inside the uterus with a small camera inserted through the cervix.
If your doctor determines that you have fibroids, you may or may not need treatment. If your fibroids aren’t causing any symptoms or if your symptoms aren’t severe, you may device to wait for the tumors to go away on their own. For more women, this happens after menopause.
If your fibroids are causing bothersome symptoms, your doctor may recommend medication to shrink the tumors or relieve your symptoms. You may also need surgery to remove or destroy the tumors. In extreme cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy).
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