Most women develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives, usually without any symptoms. But if you have painful symptoms of these benign growths, expert OB/GYNs Dr. Betty Anthony and Dr. Suiza Chua of Suburban Women’s Specialists can help. Call the office in Johns Creek, Georgia, or book online to find out more about treating uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are known as myomas or leiomyomas, and they aren’t cancerous. Fibroids usually appear during a woman’s childbearing years and can range in size from tiny seeds to large masses that distort the uterus. You can have multiple fibroids or just one.
Why women develop fibroids is unknown, but having a family history of fibroids, being obese or overweight, and eating a diet rich in red meat can be risk factors.
In most cases, fibroids do not cause symptoms. But when they do become bothersome and cause symptoms, they may include:
In rare cases, fibroids can interfere with fertility and pregnancy and labor.
If you have symptoms associated with fibroids, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Chua may perform an ultrasound or other imaging tests to check for them. They may also perform laparoscopy, which involves inserting a long, thin scope into an incision in your navel. The scope is equipped with a camera to view the uterus.
Another minimally invasive procedure called a hysteroscopy, which involves inserting a scope through the vagina and cervix to view the uterus, may be used to diagnose fibroids.
In some cases, fibroids are detected during a regular pelvic exam or discovered during an ultrasound.
If you have symptomless fibroids, there’s no need to have them treated. But if you’re feeling the effects of fibroids, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Chua may recommend several options. These include:
Other treatments, including the freezing of fibroid tissue and fibroid embolization to destroy the blood supply to the growths, are possible. Some fibroids are removed with the minimally invasive Symphion™ System that uses radiofrequency energy.
Dr. Anthony and Dr. Chua help you determine what is the best strategy to treat your fibroids, depending on their size, your symptoms, and your reproductive goals.
To learn more about fibroid evaluation and treatment, call Suburban Women’s Specialists or book an appointment online.