Uterine fibroids are a common, but frequently undiagnosed, women’s health issue. If you have symptoms that include heavy periods and severe cramping, contact the team of board-certified OB-GYNs at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, for expert diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids. Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in or on the walls of your uterus. They range in size from as small as a grain of rice to as large as a grapefruit. In rare cases, a fibroid can grow even larger.
In many cases, fibroids don’t cause any symptoms. However, you could experience:
Many reproductive health issues cause similar symptoms, so it’s critical to talk to one of the experienced OB-GYNs at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC for diagnosis to ensure you get the right treatment.
Physicians and medical researchers haven’t yet identified a specific cause of uterine fibroids. However, they believe fibroid growth is related to hormones. Your risk of uterine fibroids decreases as you reach menopause and your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. Fibroids typically shrink when treated with hormonal birth control.
Your risk of uterine fibroids increases if you have a family history of the condition. Additionally, if you’re overweight or eat a lot of red meat, you have a higher chance of developing fibroids.
The doctors at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC offer comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose fibroids. They talk to you about your symptoms and personal and family medical history before performing a pelvic exam.
Your doctor can also use an ultrasound or an MRI to diagnose fibroids. In some cases, your doctor will recommend a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure or hysteroscopy to examine the inside of your uterus in more detail.
Treatment of uterine fibroids depends on your specific condition and your plans for having a family. For example, your doctor could suggest a wait-and-see approach if you don’t have disruptive symptoms.
Alternatively, you might benefit from hormonal birth control. Your doctor can offer minimally invasive procedures like myomectomy to remove your fibroids but leave your uterus and fertility intact. In severe cases, you’ll need a hysterectomy to remove your uterus and prevent future fibroids.
Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or make an appointment online today for expert uterine fibroid diagnosis and customized treatments.