Complete Healthcare for Women
OB/GYNs located in Loxahatchee, FL
As many as 80% of women will develop fibroids by the time they are 50. While fibroids are common and usually harmless, the experienced physicians at Complete Healthcare for Women in Wellington, Florida, can confirm a fibroid diagnosis and create a custom treatment plan to monitor and manage your condition. The team also provides surgical options for fibroid removal. Learn more about treatment options for painful fibroids today by calling the office or using the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can grow in the wall of your uterus. Many times, a fibroid grows as a single tumor, but they can also grow in clusters.
The size of a fibroid can be very small and difficult to see with the naked eye. They can also grow larger than a grapefruit, causing pain and other health complications.
What are the risk factors for fibroids?
Fibroids are a common condition that can affect women of every age but are most common for women over 30 and those transitioning into their menopausal years.
You may be at increased risk for fibroids due to:
- Being overweight
- Being African-American
- Eating a lot of red meat
Your risk for developing fibroids increases if you have a family member with the condition or if you have an existing thyroid condition.
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Some women may have fibroids without showing any symptoms. However, as the fibroid grows larger, you may experience symptoms like:
- Painful sex
- Heavy or painful periods
- Lower back pain
When fibroids grow very large, you may notice your abdomen begin to protrude outward. The tumor can also cause excess pressure on your bladder, resulting in frequent urination or urinary leaks.
What treatment options are available for fibroids?
Fibroids that aren’t very large are usually identified during a pelvic exam or ultrasound. Your Complete Healthcare for Women doctor may take a wait-and-see approach to existing fibroids that aren’t causing any symptoms.
For large fibroids that cause you discomfort, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications to relieve pain. If heavy bleeding is a side effect of your fibroids, you may also benefit from low-dose birth control to control bleeding.
When fibroids are so large they affect your health, your Complete Healthcare for Women doctor may suggest to remove them. Surgical options may involve removal of the fibroid, a myomectomy or to remove the uterus, a hysterectomy. The decision to remove the fibroids or the uterus depends on the patient's desire for future childbearing.
Following treatment for fibroids, your Complete Healthcare for Women carefully monitors the health of your uterus to quickly identify the growth of new fibroids.
If you have symptoms that may indicate fibroids, don’t delay a diagnosis. Schedule a consultation at Complete Healthcare for Women today, online or by phone.