Uterine fibroids don’t always cause symptoms in the 20-80% of women who develop these muscular tumors at some point in their lives. At Capital Women’s Care in Arlington, Virginia, OB/GYNs Reepa Shah, MD and Gwendolyn Cobbs, MD, offer a variety of treatments for the potentially debilitating symptoms of fibroids. If you think you have fibroids, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Capital Women’s Care today.
Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that develop within the wall of your uterus. These tumors are extremely common, affecting as many as one in five women of childbearing years. By age 50, about half of all women have fibroids.
Typically, these tumors are benign, or non-cancerous. They may not even cause symptoms. But for women who do experience symptoms of fibroids, they can be severe and hard to live with.
A fibroid can range in size from a tiny growth undetectable to the human eye to a massive lump that enlarges your abdomen.
In many cases, fibroids don’t cause any symptoms at all. In those that do, symptoms can vary depending on the size, location, and number of fibroids. For women who experience fibroid symptoms, the most common complaints include:
The team at Capital Women’s Care may find fibroids during a routine pelvic exam. If your doctor feels abnormal growths in your uterine wall, she may perform additional tests to diagnose fibroids. These tests may include an ultrasound or hysteroscopy.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure in which your Capital Women’s Care doctor inserts a specialized instrument that resembles a small, lighted telescope into your cervix to view your uterus. In some cases, your doctor can use hysteroscopy to remove the fibroids as well.
If you have fibroids without symptoms, she may suggest monitoring the tumors to make sure they don’t start to cause problems. If your fibroids cause painful or unbearable symptoms, your doctor discusses your best options for treatment.
The team at Capital Women’s Care offers medical and surgical treatments for fibroids. If you require surgery, the doctors at Capital Women’s Care are all skilled in minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic myomectomy.
Laparoscopic surgery uses much smaller incisions and requires less downtime for recovery than traditional open surgery.
If you suspect you may have fibroids and want the best options for treatment, call Capital Women’s Care or book an appointment online today.