What are Uterine Fibroids?
By Capital Women's Care
July 15, 2015
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Uterine Fibroids  

Find out if your symptoms could be indicative of this gynecological condition.

Uterine fibroids are a common condition that affects about three out of four women, particularly women in their childbearing years. While not all women will experience symptoms, if your Rockville, MD gynecologists Drs. Eric Ashkin, Aliya Poshni and Leslie Masiky have Uterine Fibroidsdiagnosed you with uterine fibroids then you may want to find out more about this condition and how it affects you.

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that develop on the smooth muscle of the uterus. Some fibroids may grow rather quickly while others may be gradual. Fibroids can also range in size and quantities. Some fibroids even shrink on their own. Most fibroids tend to stay small, but some can grow large enough to enlarge the uterus.

What are the symptoms associated with this condition?

Not all women will experience symptoms so you may not even know you have uterine fibroids. The most common symptoms of this condition are,

  • Heavy and long menstrual cycles
  • Abdominal pressure and pain
  • Constipation
  • Back or leg pain
  • Problems fully emptying the bladder
  • Frequent urination

What treatments are available for uterine fibroids?

There is no specific treatment plan used to treat fibroids. Many times we will watch and monitor them, particularly if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. Since fibroids aren’t cancerous there is no concern that they could be dangerous to your health.

For those experiencing uncomfortable symptoms as a result of uterine fibroids, your Rockville, MD gynecologists may focus on balancing your hormones to help make menstrual cycles less heavy. While this won’t actually treat or get rid of the fibroids themselves, it can be helpful for easing symptoms.

For patients looking to have their fibroids removed, there are non-invasive treatment options that utilize MRIs and ultrasounds rather than requiring surgery. If you are looking to have your uterine fibroids removed then it’s time to talk to your Rockville gynecologists.

When should I see my Rockville, MD gynecologists?

You should see us right away if you experience abdominal pain that doesn’t go away or that appears during intercourse. Also, if you notice abnormally heavy or painful periods, as well as bleeding between your menstrual cycles then you should also come into our office.

If you develop severe bleeding or pelvic pain then you need to seek emergency medical attention right away.

If you are experiencing unexplained abdominal pain, heavy menstrual cycles or any other symptoms then it’s high time you call your Rockville, MD gynecologists. We can easily diagnose any of your gynecological issues so you can start feeling better fast. Call Capital Women's Health today to schedule an appointment!