Uterine fibroids are incredibly common, with up to 80% of women developing them before age 50. Fibroids are usually non-cancerous but can cause bothersome symptoms for many women. At WHASN Meadows, with multiple offices in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, the skilled OB/GYN team provides evaluation and treatment for uterine fibroids to improve your symptoms and quality of life. Call today if you suspect you have uterine fibroids, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
Growths that develop in the lining of your uterus are often benign tumors — or fibroids. Though they aren’t cancerous, they can grow to a considerable size and number. As a result, you experience significant complications like heavy bleeding and pelvic pain.
Most women develop fibroids in their 30s and 40s. Once you pass through menopause, the fibroids usually shrink naturally.
Fibroids are quite common, but you’re more likely to have problematic ones if your mother or another close female relative struggled with them.
Women who are overweight, obese, or eat a lot of red meat and ham are also at greater risk. A diet full of leafy greens tends to offer some protection against fibroid development.
Fibroids often do not cause symptoms, especially if they’re small. For some women, however, fibroids cause extreme discomfort.
Symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
Though rare in younger women, fibroids can cause infertility or pregnancy complications that may result in a cesarean section.
Fibroids may be diagnosed through a regular pelvic exam and confirmed with an ultrasound.
If you have fibroids without symptoms, your provider may suggest taking a watch-and-wait approach. They monitor the fibroids with occasional ultrasounds and check in to see if you develop symptoms that warrant treatment.
Mild fibroid symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. If you experience heavy bleeding due to fibroids, hormonal birth control can be helpful.
Minimally invasive surgery may be the best course of action in women with severe fibroid symptoms. A myomectomy involves removing just the fibroids and is a good idea if you plan on having children in the future. A hysterectomy, or full removal of the uterus, may be recommended for women who don’t plan on having any children in the future.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, contact WHASN Meadows today. Call the office or use the online tool to book an appointment.