FAQ: Fibroids

Fibroids are quite common in women and while they can cause discomfort they are usually not dangerous. For fibroid treatment in Arcadia, CA, you can count on Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau of Rose Women's Health to provide the latest comprehensive women's health care and treatment.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are muscular growths that form inside, outside, or within the muscle of the uterine wall. They can be very small, the size of a small seed or as large as a grapefruit. Some women have only one and some women have many. They are almost always non-cancerous. Some of them cause symptoms and others are only detected through an exam. 

What causes fibroids?

Researchers have not yet determined the exact cause of fibroids. Stress increases hormone levels which can stimulate the growth of a fibroid or make one that was without symptoms flare up. Genetics can play a role, as can your age and race. Women in their 30s and 40s are more apt to have fibroids, they often shrink during menopause. White women have fewer fibroids than women of color and being obese significantly increases the risk of developing fibroids.

What are some symptoms of fibroids?

If you think you have fibroids in Arcadia, CA, you should look for these symptoms:

  • Pain while having sex
  • Lower back pain
  • Bleeding heavy enough to cause anemia
  • Having to urinate frequently
  • Infertility 
  • Feeling full in the lower stomach
  • An enlarged lower belly

You should also be aware that many women have fibroids and have no symptoms.  

Can you live with fibroids?

Many women have fibroids for years and never suffer any symptoms. Since they are benign, and will likely shrink when you go through menopause, living with them is an option to consider. 

What are the treatments for fibroids?

How fibroids are treated depends on where they are located, the size of the growth, and whether or not you plan to have children. Medication can be effective in controlling minor pain associated with a fibroid. Low-dose birth control pills can also help with some symptoms like heavy bleeding. In the event you are finished with childbearing and have severe symptoms, a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation may be a preferred option. If you plan to have children, discuss the other options for the removal of the fibroids with your OB/GYN. 

Do you suspect that you are suffering from fibroids in Arcadia, CA? Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau of Rose Women's Health provide comprehensive women's health services. They offer a variety of treatments to help you with any pain or discomfort you may be suffering from fibroids. Give their office a call at (626)-461-7071 for an appointment.

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