Uterine Fibroids are benign tumors that begin in the uterus. They are composed of the same smooth muscle fibers as the uterine wall, though are denser, and usually round. They are common, and many women have no symptoms, however when they are located near other pelvic organs the tumors can cause abnormal bleeding, pain and pressure. We don’t know what causes them, but a family history could mean that you are likely to have them. Fibroids can enlarge and shrink during pregnancy, and tend to shrink after menopause. Uterine fibroids are quite common, with about 70% to 80% of women developing them by age 50.
Abnormal bleeding is the most common symptom. Women with heavy periods could become iron deficient anemia, and can cause severe localized pain. For most women, fibroids stay benign and do not need treatment, especially if you do not show any symptoms. Yet if your fibroids have grown quickly your doctor will want to keep watch on a rare cancerous fibroid. If your fibroids do grow, they could lead to future painful symptoms with an increased risk in surgery to remove them. Therefore, regular checkups with your gynecologist is recommended.
Ask your doctor about uterine fibroids if you have been feeling discomfort. They may perform a pelvic exam or ultrasound to locate and diagnose them. Should you require surgical treatment for your fibroids, a hysterectomy could be the answer. This will remove the uterus and the uncomfortable or unsafe fibroids that grow within it. Medical treatment for fibroids is hormone treatment, turning off your estrogen supply so that the fibroids will stop growing and start to shrink. However, this can cause you to feel symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, sleep disturbance, vaginal dryness, mood changes and potential for osteoporosis. A hysterectomy can spare you of the symptoms of menopause, especially when your ovaries are left intact.
If you are seeking treatment for uncomfortable fibroids, Dr. Lynn Kowalski is a skilled and experienced gynecological doctor in the Las Vegas area. In 2005, she founded the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, and specializes in robot-assisted hysterectomies. She has performed over 1,000 of the robot-assisted surgeries, and is a compassionate doctor that can answer any questions you may have. For a hysterectomy in Las Vegas, schedule an appointment at NVSCC by contacting us on our website or call 702-739-6467.