Many women will develop fibroids at some point during their lifetime; however, unlike ovarian cysts or heavy periods, fibroids aren’t often talked about. Here at Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, our OBGYNs Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau are dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their health by providing them with as much information as possible so they can make more informed decisions regarding their health.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are benign growths that develop in the walls of the uterus and can vary in size. Some women only have a single fibroid while other women may have multiple fibroids at a time. You could have fibroids and not even know it because not all fibroids cause symptoms, but many times women come into our office complaining of issues just to discover that they have fibroids.
Who is at risk for fibroids?
Women can get fibroids at any age; however, we see them more often in women as they get older (typically in their 40s and 50s). African American women are also at an increased risk for developing fibroids, and are also more likely to develop them at a younger age (think, 20s and 30). Women who are obese are also at an increased risk.
What are the signs and symptoms of fibroids?
It is possible to have fibroids and not experience symptoms; however, common signs and symptoms of fibroids include,
- Pelvic pain
- Heavy menstrual cycles
- Pressure on the bladder and/or rectum
- Bleeding between periods
- Periods that last longer than seven days
- Passing large blood clots during your period
How are fibroids treated?
If we detect fibroids during your routine women’s exam but they aren’t causing you any issues then you won’t require treatment. Only if you are experiencing symptoms will we discuss treatment options with you. The treatment option that will work best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, the symptoms you are experiencing, your lifestyle and your medical history. Treatment ranges from simple medications to surgical interventions. Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau would be happy to sit down with you to discuss which option will be best for getting your fibroid symptoms under control.
If you are dealing with irregular menstrual cycles, abdominal pain or other issues, don’t hesitate to call Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, at (626) 461-7071 to schedule an evaluation with our OBGYNs.