Uterine fibroids can cause so many symptoms, so if you suspect you may have them, call us for an appointment today!
The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not fully understood. Genetics, hormonal factors (particularly estrogen and progesterone), and hormonal imbalances are believed to play a role in their development and growth. Additionally, risk factors such as age, family history, and ethnicity can contribute to an individual's likelihood of developing fibroids.
Diagnosis of uterine fibroids typically involves a pelvic exam, ultrasound (transvaginal or abdominal), and sometimes other imaging studies like MRI or hysteroscopy to assess the size, location, and number of fibroids. Treatment options for uterine fibroids vary depending on the severity of symptoms, the size and location of the fibroids, and the individual's reproductive goals. Treatment may include watchful waiting, medications (such as hormonal therapy or pain relievers), minimally invasive procedures (uterine artery embolization, myomectomy), or in some cases, hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).
Uterine fibroids can sometimes impact fertility and increase the risk of pregnancy complications. The effect on fertility depends on the size and location of the fibroids. Some women with fibroids may have difficulty conceiving or may experience recurrent miscarriages. Fertility-sparing treatments, such as myomectomy, may be an option for those trying to conceive. However, it's essential to consult with us to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses both fibroids and fertility concerns.