Why would I need fibroid treatment?
Uterine fibroids are growths that develop within or on your uterine walls. They’re usually benign or non cancerous but 1 out 500 fibroids can be cancerous. Fibroids usually occur in premenopausal women older than 30 who have a family history of the growths. Hormones, high blood pressure, and lifestyle factors, like being overweight and having a poor diet, also contribute to their development.
In many cases, fibroids are so small that you don’t even know you have them. But, if you have symptoms of fibroids, you should seek treatment. These symptoms include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
- Severe menstrual cramps
- Increased urination frequency
- Heavy menstrual bleeding that may include clots
If you’re experiencing these symptoms or have noticed your cycles are longer than usual, make an appointment at Poplar Avenue Clinic.
How are fibroids diagnosed?
Because many fibroids don’t cause symptoms, you may not even know you have them unless you have an ultrasound for another reason. If you have symptoms of fibroids, your provider at Poplar Avenue Clinic runs expanded testing and screenings, which usually include an ultrasound, to determine the severity and size of your fibroids.
What is involved in fibroid treatment?
Your fibroid treatment is customized to you, the severity of your symptoms, and the size of your fibroids. Your Poplar Avenue Clinic OB/GYN may recommend standard, non-invasive treatments like:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) medications
- Low-dose birth control pills
- Progesterone-like injections
- Intrauterine devices
When these conservative treatments are inadequate, surgery is an option.
The expert surgical team at Poplar Avenue Clinic is skilled at providing minimally invasive fibroid surgery (myomectomy). This surgery removes offending fibroids, providing you relief with little downtime afterward.
When your fibroids are numerous, exceptionally large, or seriously symptomatic, your OB/GYN may recommend a hysterectomy or an endometrial ablation. These procedures make it so you can no longer have children, so you should be sure your family is complete before going forward with these more invasive treatments.
Don’t suffer the pain of fibroids. Call Poplar Avenue Clinic or use the online tool to schedule a consultation and learn about fibroid treatments.