Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group
OB/GYN located in Long Beach, CA
Uterine fibroids often show no symptoms, but some women may suffer from chronic pelvic pain or extended, heavy periods before doctors identify their fibroids. This is just one reason why regular pelvic exams are vital to good health in women of all ages. At Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, Dr. Essam Taymour has the necessary resources to identify and treat uterine fibroids for long-term, effective pain relief. Contact the office to schedule your pelvic examination and learn more about the treatment options.
Uterine Fibroids Q & A
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths on the uterus, known as leiomyomas. These growths can range in size from microscopic seeds to large masses, which can alter the shape of the uterus and surrounding regions of the body. Some women may develop a single fibroid, and others may have multiple fibroids differing in size.
Most women develop uterine fibroids in their life, typically during childbearing years. However, doctors can’t easily detect small fibroids without a physical examination, and these women can continue to live symptom-free. Doctors often diagnose larger fibroids due to their size and the pain they cause.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
For women experiencing problems related to uterine fibroid growth, the size, location, and number of fibroids present impact symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Extended menstrual cycles (longer than seven days)
- Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen
- Frequent or difficulty in urination
- Pain the back of the legs
Chronic pelvic pain and heavy, prolonged periods require immediate medical attention. Contact the office to schedule a full evaluation.
What are the risk factors for uterine fibroids?
Several factors may cause uterine fibroids in addition to being of childbearing age. These include:
African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than any other ethnic group. They’re also likely to develop larger fibroids and at a younger age.
You have an increased risk of developing fibroids if your mother or sister has them.
Women who started menstruating at an early age, who have diet deficiencies, or who drink alcohol are at an increased risk for uterine fibroids.
What are the treatment options available for uterine fibroids?
Treatment options for uterine fibroids vary based on the individual diagnosis. Dr. Taymour can confirm the condition with a pelvic exam, ultrasound, or other imaging tests.
Fibroids rarely interfere with pregnancies or increase the risk of cancer. You can manage pain medically and several minimally-invasive surgical options can destroy bothersome uterine fibroids.
To learn more about uterine fibroid treatment options, contact Gynecology and Obstetrics Group in Long Beach, California, to schedule a consultation.