There’s a good chance you might have uterine fibroids and not know it, as they are often harmless and cause no problems. Half of women develop uterine fibroids at some point during their lives. Peter L. Stevenson, MD, of Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC, is an experienced and highly qualified OB/GYN who provides effective management and treatment services for those women in the Dearborn area of Michigan who have fibroids that are affecting their comfort and well-being. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that affect many women but often cause few if any symptoms.
Fibroids are also known as leiomyomas or myomas and develop in the uterus before you reach the age when you enter menopause. Although calling uterine fibroids growths makes them sound scary, in fact they aren’t malignant, and having fibroids doesn’t put you at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer in the future.
Fibroids may be microscopically small, when they’re called seedlings, or grow to a size that’s so large it distorts your uterus. You can have any combination of sizes at one time, and you may have a single fibroid, several, or many.
Many women have uterine fibroids without realizing, because a large proportion of patients who have fibroids don’t experience any noticeable symptoms. Like ovarian cysts, fibroids may be asymptomatic and simply show up during your routine well-woman exam at Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC.
If your uterine fibroids cause any symptoms, typical ones include:
It’s also possible for a fibroid to die off on its own. This isn’t common, but it can cause severe abdominal pain if it happens.
If you visit Dr. Stevenson with symptoms that could point to uterine fibroids, he reviews your medical history and current symptoms and carries out a pelvic exam. He can also use various diagnostic technologies, such as:
Dr. Stevenson may also take a blood sample for laboratory testing.
Although experts estimate that around half of all women develop uterine fibroids at some point, very few experience any health problems because of them. If you don’t know you have them, or you do know but they aren’t causing any problems, there’s no need to worry about fibroids.
Dr. Stevenson can monitor the growth of your fibroids, and of course, you can visit him if you start to experience any symptoms, but as fibroids normally grow slowly and don’t usually affect fertility or pregnancy, you won’t need treatment unless you have a problem with your fibroids.
For women who do have troublesome symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, conservative treatments are usually all that’s needed. Potential treatments include:
Uterine artery embolization, myolysis, or cryomyolysis, can shrink or destroy fibroids without the need for surgery, and in fact, very few women need to undergo surgical procedures to treat uterine fibroids.
If you’re concerned about uterine fibroids or any gynecological symptoms you’re experiencing, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.