Uterine Fibroids Treatment in South Miami FL
Uterine fibroids, which are abnormal growths in a woman’s uterus, affect 70 to 80 percent of women in their lifetime. These tumors can cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. For over 60 years of combined experience, the board-certified gynecologists at South Florida Women’s Care have specialized in providing comprehensive treatment for patients suffering from fibroids in Miami, FL. It is our mission to ensure that you receive the best care during your treatment and recovery process. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have about fibroids to help determine the best treatment option for you. For more information, contact our women’s health clinic at (305) 661-7766 and schedule an appointment today!
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus, usually during childbearing years or when a woman approaches menopause.
These growths can cause a number of issues, but the good news is fibroids are almost always noncancerous (benign). Cancerous fibroids are very rare, and fibroids that are benign can’t become cancerous.
It is very common to have fibroids, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of women are estimated to have fibroids in their lifetime. Fibroids can range in size, shape, location, and growth rates. Because there are so many variables, it may be difficult to understand which fibroid is causing your symptoms.
What are Factors That Can Cause/Increase your Chance of Getting Fibroids?
There are many factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids, including:
- Genetics – A family history of uterine fibroids increases your chance of getting fibroids.
- Age – Women ages 30 and up are more prone to developing fibroids. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink on their own.
- Hormonal Imbalance – An abnormal amount of estrogen and progesterone might cause the growth of fibroids. During pregnancy, women produce more estrogen and progesterone, making pregnancy another cause of uterine fibroids.
- Diet – A diet that is high in red meat and ham has been proven to increase your chance of getting uterine fibroids. However, eating a lot of green vegetables can decrease your chance of developing fibroids.
What are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
Most fibroids don’t cause any symptoms, so it’s hard for most women to tell whether they have fibroids. When symptoms do present themselves, they often include heavy bleeding, frequent urination, painful intercourse, lower back pain and a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen. If you experience these symptoms, our gynecologists may perform an ultrasound, MRI or X-ray to properly diagnose the condition.
How Are Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?
Fibroids are most often found during a routine pelvic exam. Following your pelvic exam, we can help you understand your imaging and labs and discuss which options are best for you. With so many treatment options available, you can get the outcomes you deserve. We will talk with you to find the right one for you.
Treating Uterine Fibroids
For women who do develop fibroids, your OBGYN might recommend the following treatment options:
- Medications – Low-dose birth controls can help stop fibroids from growing. They can also control heavy bleeding. If pain is the only symptom, over-the-counter pain medicine will help.
- Surgery – If your fibroids cause moderate to severe symptoms, surgery might be the most effective form of treatment. Different procedures for uterine fibroids include:
- Myomectomy – Surgery to remove uterine fibroids without taking out healthy tissue
- Hysterectomy – Surgical removal of the uterus
- Endometrial Ablation – Doctors remove the lining of the uterus to control heavy bleeding caused by fibroids.
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) – UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks blood flow to the uterus. It is a treatment for fibroids for women who are not planning a pregnancy in the future.
Schedule an Appointment for a Uterine Fibroid Treatment
If you suspect that you are suffering from uterine fibroids, the first step is to receive a pelvic exam. At South Florida Women’s Care, our board-certified gynecologists provide pelvic exams to patients in Miami, FL. They will take the time to provide you with a comprehensive exam and answer any questions you may have once your results come in. For more information about uterine fibroids, contact South Florida Women’s Care today at (305) 661-7766.