In the United States, an estimated 20-25% of women in their childbearing years and as many as 70-80% of women over 50 have fibroids. At Orange Blossom Women’s Group in Trinity, Florida, Reut Bardach, MD, and the all-female OB/GYN specialists offer on-site diagnostic and treatment services for painful fibroids. They offer a wide range of treatments including birth control pills and robot-assisted surgery. To find out which treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Orange Blossom Women’s Group or requesting an appointment online today.
Fibroids are tumors that grow in the wall of your uterus. In most cases, fibroids are benign (noncancerous), and they can grow singularly or in groups. The growth may be very small in size or grow large enough to distort your uterus and abdomen.
The cause of fibroids isn’t well understood, but it may relate to your genetic history or your hormone levels. While any woman can develop fibroids, there are factors that can increase your risk including your age, a heavier weight, and a family history of the condition.
Many women with fibroids don’t have symptoms when the growths are small. However, if the fibroid grows bigger, you may experience:
If the growth is large enough, you may even see a visible enlargement of your lower abdomen.
The team at Orange Blossom Women’s Group uses several on-site diagnostic technologies to confirm fibroids and evaluate their location and size. In addition to a pelvic exam, your provider may recommend:
Ultrasound technology uses soundwaves to produce images of your uterus and other reproductive organs.
Hysteroscopy uses a scope with an attached camera to view the inside of your uterus and evaluate the location and size of fibroids. The scope fits through your vaginal canal and requires no incisions.
Laparoscopy involves the insertion of a thin scope through a small incision near your navel. This scope has a light and a camera that captures real-time images of your inner structures, including any fibroid growths.
If you don’t have any symptoms from your fibroids, you may not need treatment. In this case, the team at Orange Blossom Women’s Group may take a watchful waiting approach, continuing to monitor the fibroids during routine pelvic exams.
When fibroid symptoms interfere with your period or your quality of life, you may benefit from low-dose hormonal birth control to ease heavy periods. There are also medications available to shrink your fibroids.
The team also uses robot-assisted surgical techniques to remove bothersome fibroids. This surgery requires only small incisions to reduce trauma to your body and help you heal faster.
If you have extremely large or recurrent fibroids and are done having children, your provider may recommend removing your uterus in a procedure known as a hysterectomy.
If you have pain or other symptoms of fibroids, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or call Orange Blossom Women’s Group today.