Believe it or not, most women develop uterine fibroids over the course of their lives and aren’t even aware of it. For the unfortunate few who are, these masses can be the source of serious pain and discomfort. Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, Tanya Ghatan, MD, and the rest of the team at Capital Women’s Care have extensive experience helping women in Rockville, Maryland, deal with painful and problematic fibroids. If you have uterine fibroids, call the office or arrange an appointment online to explore your treatment options.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths found in your uterus during your reproductive years, which range in size from a tiny seed on up to a grapefruit. Women may have a single fibroid, or multiple fibroids, and typically develop them in their 30s and 40s.
Medical research hasn’t uncovered a single cause of fibroids, but they believe the following may have something to do with their development:
Most women don’t experience any symptoms since their fibroids are so small, but if they grow large enough, you may experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get in to see your provider at Capital Women’s Care for a full evaluation.
In order to determine whether fibroids are at the root of your problems, your doctor performs an extensive exam to confirm or rule out their existence. The evaluation starts with a physical exam, and your doctor typically uses ultrasound to get a better glimpse at what’s going on inside your uterus. If she doesn’t find anything, your doctor may turn to more advanced imaging and diagnostic tools, such as an MRI or hysteroscopy.
If you have uterine fibroids, a number of different treatment options exist, including:
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for uterine fibroids since each case is different. Your doctor chooses the best option for your situation with an eye toward relieving your discomfort, first and foremost.
To find out whether fibroids are responsible for your pain and discomfort, call Capital Women’s Care or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.