The National Institutes of Health report that by the age of 50, at least 70% of U.S. women have had uterine tumors or fibroids. While fibroids are nearly always benign, it’s important to visit Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health for an accurate diagnosis to rule out more serious conditions. Board-certified physician James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, helps women throughout the Sierra Foothills community in California find relief from fibroids and their painful symptoms. Call or click to schedule your appointment today.
Fibroids are common tumors of the female reproductive system. They are firm growths made up of connective tissue and muscle cells commonly found in the uterus. They range in size from that of a pea to a grapefruit.
While most women will develop fibroids at some point during their reproductive years, many don’t even realize they have them. Many remain small enough to go undetected, even by a doctor. The cause of fibroids is unknown, but they are believed to develop from displaced muscle cells that grow with an increase in estrogen levels.
Many women live symptom-free with fibroids, while others experience intense discomfort. Symptoms depend on the amount, locations, and size of fibroids. Common signs of fibroids include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment for a comprehensive physical exam and diagnostic procedures to determine if you have uterine fibroids.
For some women without invasive symptoms, Dr. Dunn generally recommends the “wait and watch” approach, monitoring tumors for changes in growth and appearance. Women whose symptoms interfere with their regular activities and overall quality of life can benefit from a more proactive approach.
Fibroid treatments include:
Various medications can be used to block the production of certain hormones, reduce pain, and ease heavy bleeding caused by fibroids.
Procedures, including endometrial ablation, reduce or end the menstrual flow. Laparoscopic surgery removes fibroids with minimal pain and downtime.
Women with severe symptoms who are done having children could consider a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and/or ovaries for a permanent solution to fibroid pain and bleeding. Today’s hysterectomies are much less invasive than techniques used in the past. They are also less painful, allowing women to recover much sooner than ever before.
Your provider carefully evaluates your age, lifestyle, symptoms, and reproductive goals before recommending any procedure. Trust Dr. Dunn and Auburn Urogynecology for the most innovative care for fibroids and other gynecological conditions.
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