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Women's Healthcare Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in York, PA

It’s very likely that by the time you reach age 50 you’ve developed a fibroid. These noncancerous tumors are very common but don’t always cause symptoms. If you have a fibroid, the gynecological experts at The Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, can help you determine the best course of action. Call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Fibroids Q & A

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in the lining of your uterus. They’re very common, and it’s estimated that 20 to 80% of women develop a fibroid by the time they reach 50. You can have one fibroid or many, and they range in size from as small as an apple seed to as large as a grapefruit.

Researchers are still investigating what causes women to develop fibroids but theorize it may have to do with your genetics or hormones.

What are the Symptoms of Fibroids?

Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms. But women who experience fibroid symptoms often find that they affect their quality of life.

Common symptoms of fibroids include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy period
  • A feeling of fullness in your lower abdomen
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Enlarged abdominal region
  • Frequent urination

Some women may also experience issues with fertility due to their fibroid or may have pregnancy complications that may lead them to require a cesarean section.

How Do I Know if I Have Fibroids?

Your specialist at The Women’s Healthcare Group may discover that you have a fibroid during a pelvic examination, and may even be able to tell you the size and location. However, to confirm that you have a fibroid, you may need a diagnostic test such as an ultrasound, MRI, X-ray, or CT scan.

What is the Treatment for Fibroids?

Treatment for your fibroid depends on your symptoms. If you’re not experiencing any symptoms, your specialist at The Women’s Healthcare Group may recommend monitoring the fibroid and your symptoms.

If your fibroid is causing symptoms or affecting your ability to get pregnant, then your specialist may recommend various treatments, such as:

  • Medication: Your specialist may recommend medication to control pain, as well as hormonal birth control to help manage heavy bleeding. You may also benefit from gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, which can shrink the fibroid.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended if your fibroids are moderate to severe. Your specialist at The Women’s Healthcare Group can remove your fibroid, in a procedure referred to as myomectomy, but the procedure doesn’t guarantee that another fibroid won’t form. A hysterectomy to remove your uterus is also sometimes recommended if you don’t have any future pregnancy plans.

Fibroids can affect your quality of life, but you have many treatment options. Call The Women’s Healthcare Group today, or schedule an appointment online.