Do You Have These Symptoms of Fibroids?

“Fibroids” is a general term that refers to any “benign tumor of muscular and fibrous tissues,” as defined by Oxford Dictionary, but most people use the word in regard to uterine fibroids specifically. 

Perhaps this colloquial use is so ubiquitous because uterine fibroids themselves are so ubiquitous — up to 80% of women may develop fibroids before they reach age 50, but many will never know if they had them. 

Uterine fibroids are, like the definition implies, noncancerous growths of tissue inside the uterus. Some fibroids remain very small — microscopic, even — while others may grow to the size of a ping-pong ball.

Some women have just one or two uterine fibroids, while other women have several. There are a few different types of fibroids, classified by their location. 

Signs and symptoms of fibroids

Uterine fibroids often cause no symptoms, which is why many women will never realize they have uterine fibroids. In women that do have symptoms from uterine fibroids, the following are common

Uterine fibroids can also cause complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Rarely, fibroids may be a cause of infertility

Uterine fibroids diagnosis

To get a diagnosis for uterine fibroids, you’ll have to visit an OB/GYN like Dr. Leroy Charles at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches. He might find uterine fibroids during your regularly scheduled well-woman exam, but you can always make an appointment for pelvic pain or any other reason. 

Treatment for fibroids

Fibroids that don’t cause symptoms may not require any treatment. If you feel fine, there’s usually no reason to take medications or undergo surgery for uterine fibroids. If you have fibroids that do cause symptoms, on the other hand, your situation may warrant treatment. 

For mild cases, medication may suffice. You may be able to simply take an over-the-counter pain reliever when symptoms flare up. Hormonal birth control with low doses of female sex hormones, such as the pill or an intrauterine device (IUD), can help control symptoms, too. 

In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Charles can talk you through your surgical options for uterine fibroids, which include hysterectomy, myomectomy, endometriosis, and other procedures depending on your exact symptoms. 

If you think you might have uterine fibroids or need treatment for an existing diagnosis, visit Dr. Charles at our Greenacres, Florida, office. Call 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.

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