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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.