Almost every woman develops uterine fibroids over the course of her life, and many aren’t even aware of them. For some, however, fibroids can cause moderate to severe problems with menstrual cycles, pain, and fertility. At Capital Women’s Care in Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland, the team of OB/GYNs specializes in helping women find relief from problematic fibroids. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) masses that develop on the walls of your uterus. You can develop one or several, and they can range in size from a seed to a softball.
The cause of uterine fibroids is still unclear, but hormones and genetics play a key role. However, medical researchers have uncovered several factors that increase your risk of developing them, including:
As you age, you’re more prone to developing fibroids, typically starting in your 30s and continuing through your 40s. Usually, once you go through menopause, the fibroids begin to shrink due to the decrease in your hormone levels.
Black women are more likely to develop fibroids. In fact, 70% of white women have fibroids by age 50 while 80% of black women have the condition.
If the women in your family tend to develop fibroids, you may also.
Fibroids are common among women with weight issues.
If your diet is heavy on red meat and light on greens, you’re more at risk for fibroids.
The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
When it comes to treating your problematic fibroids, the OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care work with you to find a treatment that alleviates your symptoms and works with your goals. These options include:
In choosing the best treatment option for you, the gynecologists take into consideration what your primary goals are, as well as your level of discomfort.
For example, if you want to get pregnant, hormonal solutions aren’t a great option. In this case, the gynecological team works with you to find a solution that still allows you to conceive.
On the other hand, if pregnancy isn’t a concern and you want to put an end to painful and heavy periods, a hysterectomy may provide the best solution.
To discuss your treatment options, call Capital Women’s Care, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.