When you come to Florida Women’s Center Altamonte for uterine fibroids, our highly trained specialists provide you with personalized and innovative care. These non-cancerous muscular growths in the wall of the uterus can lead to problems such as irregular and prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, lower back pain, constipation, frequent urination or painful intercourse.
Today, as many as three out of four women have uterine fibroids, and most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Most often the fibroids are small in small or few in number and don’t cause problems. When the fibroids become large in number (cluster) or in size, symptoms may appear.
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Prolonged Menstrual Periods
- Pelvic Pressure or Pain
- Frequent Urination
- Difficulty Emptying your Bladder
- Leg Pains
It’s not clear what causes uterine fibroids, but there are possible factors that increase your risk of developing them.
Heredity. If your mother or sister had fibroids, you're at increased risk of also developing them.
Age. Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
Ethnic Origin. African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
Obesity. Women who are overweight are at higher risk for fibroids. For very heavy women, the risk is two to three times greater than average.
Diet. Red meat and ham is linked with a higher risk of fibroids. Eating plenty of green vegetables seems to protect women from developing fibroids.
Evaluation and Testing
Uterine fibroids are frequently found during a routine pelvic exam. To confirm diagnosis of uterine fibroids, your doctor may perform:
- Imaging Tests
- Blood Tests
Uterine fibroids seldom require treatment, however, for patients with problematic symptoms, options may include:
Medications can target hormones and regulate your menstrual cycle to reduce bleeding and pelvic pain and possibly shrink your fibroids.
Minimally Invasive Procedures can shrink or destroy uterine fibroids by cutting off their blood supply such as myolysis, endometrial ablation, and uterine artery embolization.
Surgery to remove large or deeply rooted uterine fibroids including myomectomy or hysterectomy