Many women develop uterine fibroids without even knowing since they typically don’t cause symptoms. If, however, you have painful fibroids or especially large ones, the team of doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh, Florida can help. Contact the office to have your fibroids evaluated and symptoms treated to offer relief.
Uterine fibroids grow in the uterus, usually during childbearing years. Uterine fibroids can be as small as a seed, but also can grow to large, bulky masses that stretch out your uterus and cause serious discomfort.
They’re usually non-cancerous and don’t generally increase your risk of developing uterine cancer. In rare cases, some can become a type of uterine cancer, so it’s important to have them monitored.
Many women have fibroids and don’t know it because they cause no symptoms. Some women, however, suffer because of fibroids and experience:
You may also experience backaches or leg pain that can be traced back to the presence of uterine fibroids. Rarely do they cause acute pain, but if a fibroid outgrows its blood supply and starts to die, you may feel intense pain and need immediate help.
A review of your symptoms and comprehensive pelvic exam can reveal the presence of fibroids. You may need an ultrasound to confirm a diagnosis and get a picture of their size, exact location, and number.
If you have no symptoms, treatment isn’t necessary. The doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida may want to do periodic ultrasounds to monitor any growth. Fibroids that aren’t treated may resolve on their own. As you reach menopause and hormone levels change, fibroids become less symptomatic, too.
If you have painful symptoms, the doctors may recommend certain medications to address issues such as pelvic pressure and heavy bleeding. Medications can’t eliminate fibroids but may shrink them or halt their growth. Common medications used include gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists that halt the production of estrogen and progesterone, a progestin-releasing intrauterine device, or oral contraceptives.
If you have exceptionally large fibroids, you may be a candidate for surgery. In some cases, your doctor may order a hysterectomy in order to halt fibroid growth altogether. In other cases, your physician may elect to remove the fibroid or fibroids in a procedure called a myomectomy.
To learn more about uterine fibroids and treatment, call the office of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.