Uterine fibroids are benign growths that occur from the muscle layer of the uterus. Fibroids are extremely common, 20-80% of women develop fibroids by age 50. Some women have single fibroids, while others have multiple uterine fibroids. A fibroid may be the size of a seed or grow as large as a softball. A fibroid can remain small, may grow slowly, or grow rapidly.
Many small fibroids cause no symptoms at all. Some fibroids can cause irregular bleeding, longer, heavy menses, cramping and anemia due to blood loss. Fibroids may also cause pelvic pain or pain during intercourse. Fibroids may cause frequent urination or rectal pressure. Fibroids may cause problems with fertility.
Fibroids may be suspected after evaluation of symptoms and upon pelvic exam. Fibroids may be detected on ultrasound. Fibroids may also be detected surgically during hysteroscopy or laparoscopy. If you have or suspect uterine fibroids, we would be glad to discuss monitoring and treatment options with you.