Fibroids are noncancerous tumors. They grow in the lining of the uterus. It’s a common gynecological condition that can but doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms. At Collaborative Women’s Care in Miami, Florida, Eduardo Valdes, MD, and Brittany Berre, NP, diagnose and treat fibroids. The women’s health specialists often find fibroids during well-woman exams or when you come in with concerns about pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. For complete care, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Fibroids, also called leiomyomas or myomas, are muscular tumors that grow from the lining of your uterus. These tumors are always benign (noncancerous) but can vary in size and number.
You could have a single fibroid or several. These tumors can be as small as a watermelon seed or as large as a cantaloupe. They can remain small for years and then quickly enlarge, or they can grow slowly over several years.
Fibroids usually appear in women aged 30-40. You can be at greater risk of developing fibroids if they run in your family. Being overweight or obese also increases your risk of developing fibroids.
Most women have fibroids without having symptoms. Or they might dismiss their symptoms as something else.
Common fibroid symptoms include:
It’s not unusual for women to not realize they have fibroids until they’re found during their well-woman exam.
Your provider at Collaborative Women’s Care could initially discover a fibroid during physical and pelvic exams. To confirm a diagnosis and determine the location, size, and number of fibroids, your provider will order an imaging procedure like an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan.
Collaborative Women’s Care takes an individualized approach to treating fibroids. Your treatment plan will depend on your symptoms and the size of your fibroids.
If your fibroids aren’t causing symptoms or problems, your provider will probably take a wait-and-see approach. They’ll schedule periodic ultrasounds to monitor their growth. If your fibroids are causing symptoms, treatment can include:
The women’s specialist at Collaborative Women’s Care could suggest surgery to remove the fibroid. This surgery is called a myomectomy and removes only the fibroid so that you can still get pregnant.
Collaborative Women’s Care could suggest a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) for women with no further pregnancy plans.
For fibroid care, call Collaborative Women’s Care today or schedule an appointment online.