Uterine fibroids are a condition that many women experience at some point in their lives. Commonly appearing during the childbearing years, fibroids can be as small as a seedling and often appear without any clear symptoms. Other patients with fibroids will experience heavy bleeding during menstruation and pain in the pelvic region. These noncancerous growths are usually treatable, with the specific methods being determined by the severity of your case. Our staff works hard to provide the women of our community with effective care delivered with respect and compassion.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Appearing in the wall of the uterus, fibroids are a form of muscular tumor. Known in medical circles as myomas or leiomyomas, they are generally benign, meaning they are not associated with cancer. They can appear in any number, from single fibroids to dozens. They can appear in any size, from as small as an apple seed to ones as large as a grapefruit. In unusual cases, they can be large enough to add weight and put pressure on the abdominal organs.
What Should I Know About Uterine Fibroids?
By the time they reach 50, up to 80% of all women will develop fibroids, with the majority of them occurring in women 40-50. Uterine fibroids can be asymptomatic, meaning that they are present without any obvious symptoms. Symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to life-impacting and can include frequent urination caused by the pressure put on the bladder. In rare instances, the fibroids can get so large they can cause a woman to appear pregnant. Other symptoms associated with this condition include:
- Painful intercourse
- Pain in the lower back
- Reproductive issues such as infertility
- Pelvic area feeling full or heavy
- Excessive bleeding menstruation that may be more painful than usual
- Lower abdomen getting larger
One or more of these conditions may be present in patients who are living with uterine fibroids. If you are experiencing persistent instances of these symptoms, it’s time to see a women’s health specialist.
Can Fibroids Cause Complications With My Pregnancy?
Fibroids can cause complications for women who are pregnant, though this may not happen in all cases. The majority of women who have fibroids are able to carry their babies to term without concern. Pregnancy concerns that can occur with fibroids include:
- 6x increase in the need for a cesarean section
- The baby being out of position for vaginal delivery
- Lack of progression during labor
- Preterm delivery
- The placenta separating from the uterus before delivery known as Placental abruption
If you’ve become pregnant and know or suspect you may have uterine fibroids contact our offices for an exam and consultation immediately.