Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus. They’re very common, but many women may not realize they have fibroids because they don’t always cause symptoms. However, if you have abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, you may have fibroids. The highly skilled obstetrics and gynecology physicians at Bay Area Physicians for Women specialize in diagnosing and treating fibroids. To find out more about fibroids, call the office in Mobile, Alabama, or book an appointment online today.
Fibroids, or uterine fibroids, are tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus. Your uterus is the organ where your baby grows. These noncancerous tumors are made up of muscle and connective tissue and vary in size, number, and location.
You can have fibroids as small as a watermelon seed or as big as a cantaloupe. Some women have one single fibroid, while others have multiple fibroids. These growths may develop inside the space of the uterus, into the wall of the uterus, or outside the uterus.
Fibroids are common, affecting 20-80% of women during their childbearing years.
Fibroid symptoms vary and depend on the size, number, and location of the growths. Women with small fibroids are less likely to have symptoms than women with large fibroids.
Common symptoms of fibroids include:
Fibroids may also affect fertility, making it harder to conceive. Or, the fibroids may create complications during your pregnancy and increase your need for a cesarean section (C-section).
You can have fibroids and not know it. Your obstetrics and gynecology doctor at Bay Area Physicians for Women may incidentally find fibroids during your annual well-woman exam. They can feel the growth during your pelvic exam.
To diagnose fibroids, your provider may request an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. These imaging tests let your doctor know the location, size, and the number of fibroids you have.
Treatment for fibroids depends on how the growth affects your life. If you have no symptoms, your provider at Bay Area Physicians for Women may not recommend any specific treatment.
If you have fibroids that affect your daily life, your provider may recommend:
Your doctor may also recommend surgery to remove the fibroid. Bay Area Physicians for Women includes physicians with advanced training in minimally invasive surgery who perform a myomectomy to remove the growths without removing your uterus.
For women without future plans for pregnancy, Bay Area Physicians for Women may perform a hysterectomy, surgery that removes the uterus.
To get help for your fibroids, call Bay Area Physicians for Women or schedule an appointment online today.