If you experience heavy vaginal bleeding and consistent pelvic pain, you may have uterine fibroids. Fibroids don’t cause uterine cancer, but they may make it difficult for you to become pregnant. Dr. Jehuda Renan offers diagnostic and treatment services for fibroids at his OB/GYN office in Tarzana, California, including fibroid removal surgery. Schedule an evaluation today by booking online or calling the office.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in and around the uterus. They are a common condition in women during their childbearing years and range in size from microscopic to large masses that change the shape of your uterus.
Tissues and muscle cells make up fibroids. There is no known cause for fibroids’ excessive growth, but hormone levels and genetic changes in uterine cells may influence their growth. Uterine fibroids don’t increase your risk for uterine cancer.
If you have fibroids, you may not experience any symptoms. Dr. Renan discovers many cases of fibroid growth during routine pelvic exams.
Common symptoms of fibroids include:
Due to heavy bleeding, fibroids can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Fibroids can also cause additional health complications, including miscarriages and infertility. During pregnancy, fibroids can shrink in size or disappear entirely. After childbirth, they can return and grow larger.
Fibroid symptoms can mimic adenomyosis, another condition affecting the endometrium, where the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall. The condition may be localized in one area or occur throughout the entire uterus.
If you’re in your childbearing years, your risk for developing fibroids increases. Other risks for fibroids include:
African-American women are at increased risk for developing more fibroids at a young age that are larger when compared to women of other races.
Dr. Renan may suggest monitoring of fibroid growth (through regular ultrasounds) and your symptoms before recommending treatment. If fibroids cause pain or complications, Dr. Renan may prescribe medications, including hormone therapies, to slow their growth.
If you suffer from health complications or infertility, Dr. Renan may suggest surgery to remove the excess tissue. Surgical treatments may include:
To learn more about fibroid treatments, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.