If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding or pelvic pressure, these symptoms could be the sign of uterine fibroids, a common women’s health concern. At New Beginnings OB/GYN, board-certified OB/GYN specialists Rania Ibrahim, DO, FACOG, Christina Parmar, MD, and their staff serve patients in The Woodlands, and the surrounding communities in Texas, including Conroe, Spring, Cleveland, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Tomball, Huntsville, Livingston, and College Station. They diagnose and remove fibroids to reduce your risk of complications. Call the office in Shenandoah, Texas, to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Uterine fibroids are growths that appear in your uterus, usually during childbearing years. While they generally aren’t cancerous, fibroids can cause unpleasant symptoms or complications when left untreated. Your New Beginnings OB/GYN specialist might find fibroids during a routine pelvic exam or a pelvic ultrasound.
You may not have any symptoms with fibroids. If you do develop symptoms, however, they could appear as:
Fibroids usually aren’t a cause for concern, but sometimes they can lead to anemia and fatigue associated with heavy blood loss.
Any woman can develop fibroids, but certain factors increase their risk. Examples include:
While you may not be able to avoid fibroids if you’re at risk of getting them, adopting healthy habits is the best way to keep your risk as low as possible. Maintain a healthy body weight, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, reduce your red meat intake, and get plenty of vitamin D.
To find out if you have uterine fibroids and treat them if needed, your provider at New Beginnings OB/GYN asks about your symptoms and medical history. They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam, which includes a pelvic exam and Pap test if necessary.
Your OB/GYN specialist may order an ultrasound, MRI, hysteroscopy, or another diagnostic test, as well as blood tests to diagnose your condition.
In addition to watching and waiting, common treatments for fibroids include:
Your provider personalizes each treatment for fibroids based on the size of the fibroids and your symptoms, lifestyle, and preferences.
To find out if you have fibroids or get treated for them, call the New Beginnings OB/GYN office or schedule an appointment online today.