Uterine fibroids are incredibly common, with up to 80% of women experiencing them at some point in their lives. Marc Behar, MD, FACOG, and the skilled team at FemmPro OB/GYN, with two locations in Garden City and North Massapequa, New York, have immense experience in diagnosing and treating these benign uterine growths. If you have symptoms that suggest problematic fibroids, call the office or schedule an appointment online via ZocDoc today.
Uterine fibroids are benign growths that develop inside your uterus. Fibroids are not cancerous and often cause no symptoms.
They range in size from microscopic to the diameter of a grapefruit and can distort the size and shape of your uterus. You may have one or more fibroids at a time, and they tend to recur, even after treatment.
Uterine fibroids usually develop during your childbearing years.
Most fibroids are symptom-free and don’t interfere with your reproductive or general health. Often, you only learn you have them after a routine checkup or ultrasound.
However, some women have large or symptomatic fibroids and may suffer from:
If you notice these symptoms, contact the office of FemmPro OB/GYN for an appointment today.
What causes uterine fibroids develop isn’t fully understood. It’s believed genetics play a role, so if you have a mother, grandmother, or sister with problematic fibroids, you’re at a greater risk of developing them yourself.
Female sex hormones can also cause fibroids to grow. Often fibroids shrink during menopause as your hormone levels decline.
Asymptomatic fibroids don’t need treatment, but the doctors may check them periodically to monitor their growth.
If you have uncomfortable symptoms because of fibroids, you may opt for hormone therapy to slow fibroid development. For some women, this means taking birth control pills or other medications that slow your hormone production.
Minimally invasive surgery to remove fibroids while leaving your uterus intact is another possibility. Women who want to preserve their fertility may choose this option.
For women whose families are complete, endometrial ablation may be best. This procedure destroys a portion of your uterine lining, making a viable pregnancy impossible. Extremely large, recurrent, or symptomatic fibroids require a full hysterectomy.
The practitioners at FemmPro OB/GYN review all your treatment options with you and help you determine which is the best for your health and goals.
If you have symptoms that suggest a uterine fibroid, call FemmPro OB/GYN or book an appointment online via ZocDoc.