Fibroids are benign growths of tissue that can occur in up to 70% of women. The symptoms they cause can depend on their size and location. Many times they cause no symptoms as at all.
Common complaints can include irregular bleeding, heavier periods, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, the urge to urinate more frequently, constipation and they can even impact fertility.
Sometimes these symptoms can be observed and managed conservatively. There are different types of medications that can also be used to manage symptims such as birth control, anti-inflammatory medications as well as medications that can impact hormones.
For some women procedures are required and may include disrupting the blood supply the fibroids (also known as an embolization) or even fibroid removal. Depending on the type and location of fibroids they can sometimes be removed through the vagina. Larger fibroids and those located on out outer areas of the uterus tend to be removed from an abdominal approach. This can be performed through a traditional incision or laparoscopically. The latter approach uses tiny incisions and a small camera and most patients can go home the same day.
If you think you may be suffering from fibroids and to find out more about fibroid symptoms and their management, schedule a consult with one of our Capital Women's Care Division 44 providers in our Bethesda office. You don't need to suffer and we look forward to taking care of you!