While many women have heard the phrase ‘uterine fibroid’, most are unlikely to know much about the condition unless she develops them. In fact, many women have fibroids at some point in life, but most are small and may go completely unnoticed. Typically fibroids will develop after a woman is approximately 30 years of age and will shrink or go away after menopause.
Simply speaking a fibroid is a tight mass of uterine muscle cells that can range in size from very tiny, and almost invisible to several inches in diameter. There are several factors that influence the growth of fibroids. For example, women who have been pregnant are not as likely to get fibroids while those who had their first menstrual cycle at a young age are more likely to develop them. Further, women who are on birth control pills typically do not develop fibroids that cause problems. And, they appear to be genetic as if other women with a family history of fibroids will be more likely to also develop them.
Fibroids will often develop and go completely undetected. However, in some cases women can develop symptoms such as a period that lasts more than a week and comes with a very heavy flow. Some women also report a bloated or full feeling in their lower abdomen, constipation, or pain during intercourse. When the fibroids are not painful or are not causing any other problems, such as interfering with attempts to conceive a child, they can usually simply be monitored. However, if a patient is experiencing pain, it’s important to have a conversation with your physician about treatment options.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine provides obstetrics, gynecology, and urology services to patients in the Katy area. While in the past, the treatment for uterine fibroids was complete removal of the uterus during a hysterectomy, Dr. Jenkins believes that there are other, less invasive options available. Through a laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Jenkins can remove the tumor with far less recovery time and emotional side effects as a hysterectomy. Other procedures include a myomectomy, which can be performed laparoscopically or through an abdominal incision.
If you believe that you could have uterine fibroids and want to learn more or discuss your options, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today.
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