Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in a woman’s uterus after her first period. These fibroids are sometimes called myomas and are not associated with uterine cancer. They develop in the myometrium, which is the muscular tissue of a woman’s uterus. They vary in size and growth rates and largely go unnoticed. A woman may learn she has fibroids after a gynecological ultrasound or a pelvic exam during a regular gynecologic exam. The symptoms of fibroids often mimic symptoms of other gynecological conditions and include:
Fibroids cause pain when they lose their supply of blood and begin to shrink. A shrinking fibroid will cause pain by irritating the tissue. The most common way to treat fibroids is through medicines that will regulate hormone levels in the body. This causes the fibroids to shrink, though they may not be eliminated.
Some women choose to have fibroids removed through a noninvasive treatment option using a MRI-guided ultrasound surgery. This procedure uses heat from an ultrasound transducer to destroy fibroid tissue. Physicians will also recommend myomectomies, a surgical procedure performed either lapraoscopically or hysteroscopically. Laparoscopic myomectomies remove fibroids using small incisions and a laparoscope. Hysteroscopic myomectomies remove fibroids by using a hysteroscope inserted in a woman’s vagina.
The Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health understands that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.
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