Fibroids are a common gynecologic concern for our patients. Affecting women of all ages, fibroids are benign growths in the muscle of the uterus that can cause pain, pressure, heavy bleeding, discomfort, and infertility. Also known as leiomyomas or myomas, fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms and may be found incidentally on pelvic exams.
Common Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids can cause significant medical concern by causing heavy bleeding resulting in anemia, causing pressure on other pelvic organs, continuing to grow to very large sizes that affect your overall health and function, and rarely, fibroids can be leiomyosarcomas, a type of uterine cancer. Consult with your doctor if you are having any symptoms or have been diagnosed with fibroids.
Common symptoms associated with fibroids include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Prolonged episodes of bleeding
- Pelvic pain or pain during your cycle
- Pelvic pressure
- Pressure or discomfort during intercourse
- Abdominal discomfort
- Frequent urination or bladder discomfort
- Backache or radiating leg pain
Evaluation for Uterine Fibroids
Evaluation for fibroids involves ultrasound imaging of the uterus. Modern Ob/Gyn is proud to offer the convenience of in-office ultrasound. All three of our office locations in Johns Creek, Cumming, and Alpharetta, are equipped to provide excellent ultrasound imaging to help us diagnose and treat your fibroids. Your doctor will recommend the best ultrasound imaging to be performed.
Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids
Treatment options for fibroids varies based on the number and size of fibroids, as well as the symptoms related to the fibroids. Your doctor will be able to review with you which treatment option is best for you. Treatments we provide include:
- Observation or medical management for certain fibroids and symptoms
- Hysteroscopic resection for fibroids within the uterine cavity
- Myomectomy, resection of fibroids, by laparoscopy or abdominal approach
- Hysterectomy in women who are finished with child-bearing and have significant fibroids or symptoms
Fibroids do tend to continue to grow, and it is important to always monitor fibroids to ensure you are receiving the best treatment recommendations.