It is estimated that as many as one in five women may develop uterine fibroids. These tumors that grow on either the inside or outside wall of the uterus are comprised of muscle and fibrous tissues. A fibroid may be very small, like a pea, or it may grow quite large. The good news is that fibroids are typically not indicative of cancer, nor do they increase the risk for that disease. However, it is important to know how to manage uterine fibroids during pregnancy. In our Katy office, Dr. Jenkins performs comprehensive diagnostics to assess uterine health as early as possible after conception.
Signs that you may have a uterine fibroid
Vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain that occur away from menstruation should be evaluated by your doctor.
A fibroid typically develops before pregnancy. However, it is possible that a tumor will go undetected until an ultrasound is performed. Depending on the position of the fibroid, it may also be detected during a pelvic exam. If you know that you have a fibroid tumor before you plan to become pregnant, you can talk with your doctor about the potential complications your particular situation may present.
In most cases, fibroids do not cause pregnancy complications. Of the cases that do, the most common is abdominal pain. Sometimes, mild vaginal bleeding may accompany pain. Neither of these conditions pose a significant risk to the fetus, or to Mom.
During pregnancy, Dr. Jenkins performs thorough assessments as needed to follow the progression of fetal development. If fibroids have been detected, additional monitoring may take place in the form of ultrasounds, which measure the size and location of the growth. This allows proper planning for the safest possible delivery. Depending on the size or position of a fibroid tumor, a Cesarean section may be planned. If symptoms such as pain and bleeding occur at some point during the pregnancy, medication or bed rest, or both, may be ordered.
Every pregnancy is different. Uterine fibroids present only a minor issue that can be managed with routine care from your experienced obstetrician. For more information, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine at 855-346-8610.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.