Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. These growths range in size from very small to about the size of a grapefruit, and they affect about 35 million American women annually.
For about 7 million affected women, fibroids cause troublesome symptoms that require medical care. Fibroids are more common in black women and women over age 35.
At Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, with practices in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia, we’re dedicated to providing excellent gynecological and obstetric care to our patients. Our experienced OB/GYN providers diagnose and treat uterine fibroids as part of our comprehensive gynecological services.
Not all uterine fibroids cause the same symptoms. Many women with fibroids have no symptoms, and for women who do have symptoms, they can vary based on the size, position, and number of fibroids.
The 10 most common symptoms of fibroids
While there can be dramatic differences among women, the 10 most common symptoms of fibroids include:
- Heavy bleeding during periods or between periods, especially with clots
- Lower back pain
- Increase in menstrual cramping
- Frequent need to urinate
- Pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Periods that last longer than a week
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Trouble emptying the bladder fully
Getting regular checkups with your gynecologist is the best way to rule out fibroids as a cause of any symptoms.
How fibroids are diagnosed
To diagnose fibroids, your provider first goes over your medical history and symptoms. Then they conduct a pelvic exam to check the size, condition, and shape of your uterus.
Your provider may also order an ultrasound to get images of your uterus and any fibroids that may be present. In some cases, your doctor may order more in-depth imaging, such as a pelvic MRI.
Depending on your symptoms and whether your fibroids pose any risks to your health and well-being, different treatments are available. Treatments for fibroids range from minimally invasive procedures to surgical interventions.
Once your provider evaluates your health history and conducts any necessary tests, they will create a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
If you have uterine fibroids and need treatment, or if you want to see if you have uterine fibroids, book an appointment online or over the phone with Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare today.