It’s estimated that more than 70% of women develop fibroids during their childbearing years, but only about one-third the fibroids are large enough to be detected and diagnosed. Stephanie Shisler, MD, FACOG, and her team of women’s health experts at Grace Gynecology & Wellness in Rockwall, Texas, can diagnose fibroids and design a unique treatment plan which may include medication and/or surgery to manage symptoms. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas and myomas, are noncancerous tumors that grow in the lining of your uterus. These tumors can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a softball, and you can have only one or many. The rate of growth also varies significantly, and they can grow very slowly or rapidly.
Researchers are still investigating the cause of fibroids, but they may be hereditary. Your risk of developing a fibroid also increases as you approach menopause.
Most fibroids don’t cause symptoms, so you may not know you have one until it’s detected during your gynecological exam. The team at Grace Gynecology & Wellness may be able to feel a fibroid during your pelvic exam or while palpating your abdominal region. They may recommend further diagnostic testing, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to confirm a diagnosis and determine the exact size and location of your fibroid.
While symptoms aren’t common with fibroids, if you have symptoms, they can affect your quality of life. Common fibroid symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing chronic pelvic pain or abnormally heavy periods, you should schedule an appointment at Grace Gynecology & Wellness for an evaluation.
Treatment for your fibroids depends on the severity of your symptoms. Because they’re benign, the team at Grace Gynecology & Wellness may recommend monitoring of your fibroid, especially if it’s small or you’re not experiencing any symptoms.
However, if your fibroid is affecting your quality of life, the team at Grace Gynecology & Wellness may recommend medications that regulate your menstrual cycle to reduce symptoms and the growth of your fibroid.
Also available are minimally invasive surgical options that can either cut the supply of blood to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and die, or remove it altogether. However, while these surgical options can get rid of your fibroid, it may not prevent a new one from growing.
For management of your fibroid, call Grace Gynecology & Wellness today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.