Uterine fibroids, or leiomyoma, are tumors, growing in the wall of the uterus. They are nearly always benign, and sometimes asymptomatic. It is believed that up to 80 percent of all women develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50, though many are unaware of the condition. Dr. Jenkins, your Katy, TX gynecological specialist, can detect them during a regular check-up, and advise you about treatment.
Fibroids typically range from the size of a pea to the size of volleyball. In rare cases, they can grow much larger. This condition can be uncomfortable or painful, and worsen over time. If your fibroids are problematic, Dr. Jenkins can help with a minimally-invasive surgical procedure.
Common symptoms of uterine fibroids:
Depending on the number, size, and placement of fibroids, they are sometimes harmless and painless. When no symptoms are present, treatment may not be required. This is an important decision, involving many factors including the nature of your condition, growth rate of the tumor, and your future plans. If you are diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Dr. Jenkins will discuss your options and possible risks. If you decide against treatment, be sure to see Dr. Jenkins regularly, as your condition will need to be monitored. As they continue to grow, they can become problematic and require removal later.
The possibility of pregnancy is one of the most important considerations when deciding if treatment is appropriate. If you plan to have children, or believe you are likely to become pregnant, treatment is recommended. Fibroids can increase your risk of several complications including breech, premature delivery, and placental abruption. You will also be six times more likely to need a cesarean section delivery.
If you have uterine fibroids and become pregnant, excellent prenatal care is vital. With proper precautions and regular doctor visits, most women with fibroids are able to have a successful, full-term pregnancy. You will receive the best prenatal care in Katy, TX from Dr. Jenkins. He is a highly trained, experienced obstetrician, known for his caring nature and compassion.
If you think that you may have uterine fibroids, call Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine and schedule an appointment with the leading women’s health specialist in Katy, TX.
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.