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.
For women experiencing problems related to uterine fibroid growth, the size, location, and number of fibroids present impact symptoms. These symptoms may include:
Chronic pelvic pain and heavy, prolonged periods require immediate medical attention. Contact the office to schedule a full evaluation.
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.
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.
At Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We unfortunately are not in contract with any Medi-cal Sponsored Programs or Kaiser.
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