Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that affect 20 to 80% of women during their childbearing years. Though not all uterine fibroids cause symptoms, in some women, they cause pain or affect fertility. At Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA, in Frisco, Texas, the all-female team of board-certified OBGYNs specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids. For comprehensive and compassionate care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Uterine fibroids, or myomas, are benign tumors that grow on the wall of a woman’s uterus. The tumors vary in size and may be as small as an apple seed or as large as a grapefruit. You may also have one fibroid or several.
Uterine fibroids are very common and may come and go without you even knowing you had them.
You may be at risk of developing uterine fibroids if they run in your family. They’re most often diagnosed in women during their 30s and 40s and tend to shrink once women reach menopause.
Not everyone with fibroids has symptoms. However, some women experience an array of symptoms that affect their daily life, such as:
Depending on the size and location of the uterine fibroid, it may cause infertility or complications during pregnancy.
In many cases, the team at Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA may incidentally find a uterine fibroid during your well-woman pelvic exam.
To confirm a diagnosis, your provider requests a sonography, which uses sound wave technology to create images of your uterus. With the sonogram, your provider determines the size, number, and location of your uterine fibroids.
For more accurate imaging, your provider may also request an MRI.
The team at Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA creates individualized treatment plans to manage uterine fibroids based on the severity of your symptoms.
If your uterine fibroids don’t cause symptoms, the team may monitor the tumors with regular sonograms. Over time, your uterine fibroids may shrink and go away.
For symptomatic uterine fibroids, the team prescribes hormonal medications that shrink the tumors. They also perform procedures to shrink or remove the tumors, such as:
For large uterine fibroids, the team may recommend traditional abdominal myomectomy or a hysterectomy for women with no future pregnancy plans.
Uterine fibroids are common but may affect your quality of life. To discuss your treatment options, call Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.