Uterine fibroids can cause many symptoms and effects, including painful periods and difficulty becoming pregnant. Dr. Silver uses state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose, manage and remove fibroids so his Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, patients can enjoy optimal health.
Although many fibroids are small and cause no symptoms, some fibroids may cause symptoms such as:
heavy or painful periods
pain during sexual intercourse
bloating or feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen
aching or pain in the lower back
increased need to urinate
Many fibroids are diagnosed during an annual exam and PAP smear. When the doctor feels a fibroid during an exam or suspects one, diagnostic imaging tests such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to confirm the diagnosis and gauge the size of the fibroid.
Nearly all fibroids are benign, and having fibroids does not increase your chances of developing uterine cancer. However, fibroids can cause problems, such as difficulty becoming pregnant, premature labor or an increased risk of miscarriage.
Fibroids that are small to medium in size and do not cause symptoms like pain or heavy bleeding may not cause any problems with pregnancy. However, the increased levels of hormones during pregnancy may cause fibroids to grow. As they become larger, they may pose certain problems with pregnancy and will need to be very closely monitored.
There are several techniques for treating fibroids, including laparoscopy and embolization. If you need to have your fibroids removed, Dr. Silver will discuss your options during your consultation.
Fibroids occur most commonly in women in their 30s and 40s, shrinking during menopause when hormonal levels decline. They're also more common among women who have a family history of fibroids, women who are obese, African-American women and women who eat a diet high in red meat.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths within the uterus. They can be so small as to be virtually undetectable, like a grain of sand, or so large as to add significant mass within the uterus, even grapefruit size. A gynecologist often finds fibroids during the manual portion of a pelvic exam. If a patient has fibroid symptoms but no fibroids are detected during an exam, the doctor may use diagnostic imaging like an ultrasound or an MRI to locate the fibroids.
Fibroids don't cause symptoms for many women. Those who do have symptoms may notice some or all of the following:
Not always. In some women, fibroids exist for years without growing or even causing any symptoms. In other women, fibroids can grow rapidly, sometimes even triggering new fibroid growth in nearby areas of the uterus.
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