Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed years before becoming a serious issue. Smaller fibroids with milder symptoms may be treated medically or with less invasive means.
At NY Midtown OB/GYN in Manhattan and Westchester, New York, our team of experts is dedicated to always providing the best gynecological care possible, including treatment for fibroids. If you suspect you may have uterine fibroids or have been previously diagnosed, talk to us about potential treatment options.
Approximately 30-40% of women may be diagnosed with a uterine fibroid by age 50. However, many of these people show no symptoms for years. Others may not recognize their symptoms as abnormal.
Uterine fibroids are usually benign masses that grow on the uterine wall. Common risk factors for fibroids include:
Symptoms of uterine fibroids can sometimes be confused with other conditions. . However, if you have one or a combination of the following, you should be checked for fibroids:
There are five important reasons you should seek treatment for fibroids.
As fibroids grow larger, they can cause painful, heavy periods, and bleeding outside of your periods. Some women can become anemic from their increased monthly bleeding. These symptoms can often be treated with medication.
Larger fibroids can give women pelvic pressure or a growing abdomen. Some women will have frequent urination, constipation or pain during intercourse. Surgery can help these fibroid symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Uterine fibroids have a high prevalence in patients with fertility issues. Treating fibroids can often help improve fertility issues.
Around 10% to 30% of people with uterine fibroids can experience issues during pregnancy, including severe problems such as premature delivery, fetal growth restriction, postpartum hemorrhage, cesarean section or miscarriage. Having fibroids evaluated before you get pregnant can help to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Fibroids can prevent proper contraction of the uterus after giving birth, resulting in an increased risk of severe bleeding.
If you have or suspect you have fibroids, you need to seek treatment to prevent potentially serious health risks or fertility issues. Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling the location closest to you or booking online.