If you have painful or heavy menstrual periods or suffer from infertility, you may have uterine fibroids. Fibroids are common, benign growths on the uterus that can be resolved medically or surgically. The physicians at Doctors of Women in Irvine, California, have helped hundreds of women in the Orange County area treat and remove uterine fibroids. If you’d like to get to the root of your menstrual discomfort or infertility, call or book a consultation online today.
Fibroids are benign tumors that can grow on the uterus. They originate in the uterine wall and can appear either on the inside or outside the uterus.
Fibroids can be microscopic or grow to the size of a grapefruit. They may shrink or grow over time, often in conjunction with your hormonal fluctuations.
The cause of fibroids remains unknown, but genetic factors, hormonal fluctuations, and other growth factors may be involved.
Fibroids affect a majority of women during their childbearing years. Approximately 60% of women in the United States will have fibroids by age 50. If you have a family history of fibroids or are of African descent, you may be at an increased risk for uterine fibroids. Other risk factors include obesity and experiencing your first menstrual period before the age of 13.
Many women who have fibroids never develop symptoms, some even conceive and deliver healthy children. However, many fibroids cause discomfort or pain.
Common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
If you suspect that your menstrual irregularities, discomfort, or fertility issues are being caused by fibroids, a simple ultrasound can verify their presence.
There are a number of strategies your gynecologist can implement to help shrink fibroids or manage symptoms, including:
There are also surgical techniques, such as:
If you are experiencing the symptoms of uterine fibroids, the specialists at Doctors of Women can help. From diagnosis to treatment, they have solutions to help you manage or treat fibroids.
Call today or use the online form to set up a consultation.