If you have pain and unusually heavy periods, you may have uterine fibroids. Stefan Novac, MD, FACOG, and his dedicated team at ACE OBGYN in Pembroke Pines and Weston, Florida, diagnose and treat the symptoms and underlying cause of fibroids. Call the office to learn more, or use the online scheduler to book at your convenience.
Fibroids are muscular tumors that form in your uterus. They can be as small as a tiny pebble or as large as a cantaloupe.
Fibroids can grow alone or form in clusters in your uterus. Some grow fast, and some grow slowly, and many are never detectable by examination.
Twenty-five percent of women in their childbearing years experience symptoms from fibroids, though many women have fibroids without issues. Common signs of fibroids include:
If you need to urinate a lot, can’t seem to completely empty your bladder, or you have trouble having a bowel movement, these can also be symptoms of uterine fibroids.
There’s no definitive cause of fibroids. They do run in families and seem to have a hormonal component because they’re prevalent during your childbearing years. Other risk factors linked to the development of fibroids are:
One other common theme is that the majority of those with fibroids are deficient or deplete in vitamin D.
Fibroids are not usually cancerous. They’re typically benign and can’t become cancerous. In addition, having fibroids does not increase your odds of developing other gynecological cancers.
If you’re suffering from fibroids or if Dr. Novac discovers them during your regular pelvic exam, he may suggest some additional testing to confirm his diagnosis. In most cases, he’ll use an ultrasound, MRI, XRay, or CT scan.
If your fibroids cause pain or excessive menstrual bleeding, Dr. Novac may prescribe a medication to help.
In some cases, a minimally invasive surgery, like a laparoscopy or a hysteroscopy, is the best route to take. Dr. Novac evaluates your condition and helps you weigh your options.
Call the office to learn more about how you can treat the unpleasant symptoms of fibroids, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment at your convenience.