Symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy or prolonged periods, pain or pressure in the pelvis, urinating often but feeling as though you can’t completely empty your bladder, constipation, back pain, and leg pain. In a very small percentage of cases, a uterine fibroid will cause intense pain as it outgrows its blood supply.
The exact cause of most uterine fibroids is unknown, however genetic, hormonal, and growth factors could be involved. In most cases, a uterine fibroid will resolve itself and disappear without medical intervention. However, patients should see their physician if they have pain that doesn’t go away, spotting between periods, very heavy menstruation, a great deal of pain, an enlarged abdomen, pain when having intercourse, or consistent trouble emptying the bladder. If these symptoms are accompanied by severe bleeding or sharp pain in the pelvic area, individuals should seek medical treatment.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine has been helping his Houston-area patients find relief from the symptoms listed above for many years. When fibroids are suspected, the diagnosis will often be confirmed by an ultrasound or lab tests, or both, to rule out any other issues. For most women, treatment for fibroids only includes watchful waiting; this is when the physician lets the body take care of the fibroids without medical intervention. Because they’re not cancerous and don’t interfere with pregnancy, they typically do not cause great risk to the patient. Physicians will recommend alleviating menstrual pain with over-the-counter pain medications.
For more information about uterine fibroids, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today.