Uterine fibroids very often cause no bother at all, and you could have them without ever realizing it. If your fibroids are causing any unpleasant symptoms though, you should visit Dekalb Women's Specialists for a prompt and accurate diagnosis. At their locations in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the team can assess your condition and deliver the most effective treatments to shrink or remove your uterine fibroids. Call the office nearest you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths on the inside or outside of your uterus. They're also known as myomas, fibroid tumors, or leiomyomas. You don't need to do anything about your uterine fibroids unless they're causing you problems.
Uterine fibroids are a common condition in women who are in their 30s and 40s. However, they don't usually cause any symptoms, and many women never even know they have fibroids.
The precise cause of uterine fibroids isn't clear, but the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone seem to make fibroids grow. This is why you're more likely to have fibroids during your fertile years when hormone levels are at their highest.
Uterine fibroids usually shrink after menopause because your body is making far less estrogen and progesterone.
In many women, uterine fibroids don't cause any symptoms at all. Or you may experience mild symptoms like your periods becoming a little heavier than usual.
If uterine fibroids start bleeding or pressing on your organs, they can cause symptoms such as:
Heavy periods or abnormal bleeding may lead to anemia, which can make you feel tired and weak. In some instances, uterine fibroids might make it harder to conceive, but they don't usually affect the pregnancy.
To find out if you have uterine fibroids, your provider at Dekalb Women's Specialists asks you about your symptoms and conducts a pelvic exam to check your uterus. You might need to have an ultrasound to show the size and location of the fibroids as well as blood tests to check for anemia.
If your uterine fibroids aren't bothering you, you don't need to treat them. Your provider assesses them during regular checkups to see whether the fibroids are changing.
There are several ways to treat troublesome uterine fibroids. Embolization is one method, where the team shrinks the fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. This is a good option if your uterine fibroids are affecting you, but you don't want to have surgery.
If you do undergo surgery, you could have a myomectomy to remove the fibroids. This minimally invasive operation is one the Dekalb Women's Specialists team can perform using robot-assisted surgery with the da VinciⓇ Surgical System.
A hysterectomy to remove the uterus is the only way to ensure uterine fibroids don't return, but you would no longer be able to have children.
To discuss your options for uterine fibroids, call Dekalb Women's Specialists today or book an appointment online.