The Women's Specialists of Fayette
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Fayetteville, GA & Peachtree City, GA
Uterine fibroids are common noncancerous growths that may make it more difficult for you to become pregnant. Some uterine fibroids are painful. If you’re experiencing painful symptoms, or having trouble conceiving, it’s time to contact The Women's Specialists of Fayette in Fayetteville, Georgia. Their team includes board-certified doctors who diagnose uterine fibroids and offer treatment options that include medications and minimally invasive surgery. Call today or book a consultation online.
Uterine Fibroids Q & A
What is a uterine fibroid?
A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous growth on your uterus. Sometimes these growths cause symptoms, like pelvic pain. Other times, you may not realize you have a uterine fibroid until your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette discovers it during a routine exam.
Uterine fibroids are common during your childbearing years. The growths often develop from genetic or hormonal changes, such as increases in estrogen. You stand a greater chance of getting uterine fibroids if your mother or female relatives have them, or if you’re taking birth control that contains estrogen.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
You may not experience any symptoms with uterine fibroids, especially if the growths are small or there are only a few fibroids. However, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Pain in your pelvic area, back, or legs
- Heavy bleeding during your period
- Periods lasting longer than seven days
- Trouble completely emptying your bladder
- The need to urinate often
Whether you experience these symptoms depends on several factors, such as the location, size, and the number of uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids can cause side effects. For example, if you lose too much blood during a long monthly cycle, you may become anemic. Some women with uterine fibroids find it more difficult to become pregnant, while others are at greater risk of complications during pregnancy. Your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette discusses potential problems with you during your appointment.
Why do I have uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids can develop due to genetic or hormonal changes such as increases in estrogen. If you have a family history of uterine fibroids or use birth control that contains estrogen, you may also be at an increased risk in developing them.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from uterine fibroids, or trying to conceive, your practitioner at The Women's Specialists of Fayette makes recommendations based on your symptoms and condition. They will educate you and provide you with a full range of treatment options. Your options may include:
- Medications: shrink your fibroids by reducing estrogen and progesterone levels in your body
- Non-prescription pain relievers: alleviate pelvic pain
- Intrauterine device (IUD): a device to deliver progesterone to ease heavy menstrual bleeding
- Uterine artery embolization: eliminates uterine fibroids by cutting off blood flow to the growths
- Laparoscopic myomectomy: minimally invasive procedure to remove fibroids
- Acessa Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap-RFA) - minimally invasive procedure to shrink and destroy fibroid tissue and reduce symptoms of fibroids. Typically a 4-5 day recovery
If all other treatment options haven’t worked for you, and you don’t want children, your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy to remove your uterus.
You have many options to treat uterine fibroids, and The Women's Specialists of Fayette are here to provide you with the care you deserve. Call today or book a consultation online.
Can I prevent uterine fibroids from coming back?
While there are no proven methods for preventing the growth of uterine fibroids, there are things that lower the risks of developing them. Your doctor will be able to provide you with information on the most effective ways to do so.
If you need treatment for uterine fibroids, please contact The Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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