Uterine fibroids are a common condition that bring many women to seek care through My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami. Dr. Jaclyn Ferro, Dr. Arin Saldana, and Dr. Alejandra Angel offer numerous diagnostic and treatment options for uterine fibroids, and can help you find relief from the discomfort that fibroids often present. If you’re ready to find a gynecologist who is both highly skilled and compassionate, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.
Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomas, are growths within your uterus that are non-cancerous most of the time. Fibroids originate from tiny seedlings, but can grow so large that they alter the shape of your uterus.
Some women only develop one fibroid, while others have multiple fibroids. They can present numerous symptoms, or can be completely asymptomatic. In fact, many women have no idea they have uterine fibroids until they are discovered during a pelvic exam or ultrasound.
Symptoms of uterine fibroids, when they are present, include:
If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic exam. Symptoms of uterine fibroids may indicate serious gynecologic issues and should always be evaluated by a women’s health specialist.
The exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but researchers have identified several risk factors. You may have an elevated risk of developing fibroids if you have a family history of the condition, or if you have an imbalance of estrogen or progesterone.
African-American women are more likely to experience fibroids than other ethnicities, and women who began menstruating early are also at an elevated risk. There are also known connections between fibroids and birth control use, obesity, poor diet, and vitamin D deficiency.
If your fibroids aren’t causing any discomfort or symptoms, your doctor may recommend “watchful waiting” as a treatment approach. That’s especially true if you are nearing menopause, when a reduction in estrogen often shrinks fibroids.
If your fibroids are painful, medications can help regulate your menstrual cycle by balancing your hormones. Options include GnRH agonists that block estrogen and progesterone production, tranexamic acid to ease heavy menstrual periods, or a progestin-releasing IUD.
Uterine artery embolization is one option to shrink fibroids, and works by injecting tiny particles into your arteries that carry blood to your uterus. When fibroids experience reduced blood supply, they usually shrink.
Minimally invasive surgical treatments can also destroy fibroids without damaging healthy tissue. One approach uses a laparoscope to access your uterus and remove fibroids. Fibroids can also be removed hysteroscopically depending on the location. Robotic surgery is another minimally invasive surgical option, and enables a level of dexterity and flexibility that’s difficult without robotic assistance.
Your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists works with you to explore the best fibroid treatment options for your needs. To learn more, contact the office today.