Could Your Symptoms Mean Uterine Fibroids?

Leiomyoma or myoma are other names for uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths that can appear in the muscle of  your uterus. Many women have fibroids but never know it because they don’t have symptoms, but others endure very uncomfortable symptoms that may seem mysterious if they don’t know they have uterine fibroids. 

Dr. Parisa Pourzand can solve the mystery of your symptoms. Uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, and endometriosis often have similar symptoms. Dr. Pourzand knows the right diagnostic tests and correct physical exams to perform to correctly diagnose your issue — and suggest an appropriate treatment plan to help you. 

Risk factors

There are a few things that make it more likely you’ll develop uterine fibroids. One is your age. Women between the ages of 30 and 40 tend to develop fibroids more often than younger or older women, although it’s possible to get them at a younger or older age. Fibroids usually shrink after menopause. 

Another risk factor is African American heritage. If you have a family member who has had fibroids, your risk is higher. If your mother had them, you’re three times more likely to develop them than a woman whose mother didn’t have them.

Your lifestyle can also raise your risk. Experts believe that a diet high in red meat and ham may contribute to the development of uterine fibroids. Being obese makes you two to three times more likely to have fibroids. 

Types of fibroids

Where the fibroids are, their size, and how many there are all impact whether or not you have symptoms as well as their severity. Uterine fibroids usually develop in the muscle tissue of your uterus. 

When they develop within the wall of your uterus, they are called intramural fibroids. When they grow in such a way that they bulge into the cavity of your uterus, they are submucosal fibroids. The last type are subserosal fibroids, which grow to the outside of your uterus. 

Uterine fibroids can be tiny — so small they can’t be seen — or quite large. Some women develop a noticeable bulge and may appear pregnant. 

Symptoms

You can have fibroids without symptoms, or you may have symptoms that disrupt your life. Some of the more common symptoms include: 

If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pourzand. Understanding the reason for your symptoms is important, and there are treatments to help with fibroids. 

Treatments

Medications often treat the symptoms you’re having, particularly heavy bleeding, but they don’t necessarily eliminate the fibroids. There are drugs that block the production of some hormones and induce a sort of temporary menopause, causing the fibroids to shrink and the symptoms to ease. 

There are other medications, both hormonal and not, that may be helpful. Dr. Pourzand bases her recommendations on your specific situation and medical history. 

A noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology, called MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery, or FUS, can be done on an outpatient basis and has been successful in treating fibroids. 

Other minimally invasive procedures are also available to treat fibroids in some instances. Each has benefits and drawbacks, and Dr. Pourzand explains them if they are options for you, so you can make an informed decision. 

If you suspect you may have uterine fibroids, or you’re simply having symptoms that you don’t understand, book an appointment with Dr. Pourzand today. You can schedule online, or call the location that’s most convenient for you.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Importance of Prenatal Care

Are you pregnant? You know that you’re supposed to go for regular prenatal visits during your pregnancy, but maybe you don’t know why those visits are so important. In this post, we consider the value of prenatal care.

Help for Your Irregular Periods

Since it’s called your “menstrual cycle,” you might think you’d know what to expect, right? For some women, irregular periods make predicting their next menses impossible. Here’s what you should know about irregular periods.

Why Hormone Therapy Might Be Right for You

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause, you may be wondering if hormone replacement therapy could be right for you. The answer depends on several factors. Learn more about it here.

Understanding the Different Types of Incontinence

Incontinence is uncomfortable and embarrassing, but if you understand why you’re experiencing the problem, you can do something about it. In this post we discuss the different types of incontinence, what causes them, and what you can do.

How Do I Know If I Have Endometriosis?

Have you ever read about the symptoms associated with endometriosis and thought, “I think I might have that?” Here we describe endometriosis, the symptoms, risk factors, and how you can get a definitive diagnosis.

Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding

If you’re pregnant, you may be wondering what to do about feeding your new baby. Unfortunately, you may also be hearing a lot of advice that may be well-meaning but also simply wrong. Here we set the record straight when it comes to breastfeeding.