Understanding Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are growths that form in or on the uterus, and although they are typically harmless they can sometimes result in serious symptoms. You can learn more about uterine fibroids by reading below or by getting in contact with Dr. Vonne Jones of Total Women’s Care of the Heights in Houston, TX.
Also called leiomyomas, uterine fibroids can form on the uterine wall, within it, and on the outer surface of the uterus. They can form as a single nodule or as a cluster, they can be very small to about 8 inches, or even larger.
They are very common, especially among women between 30 and 50 years of age, less so in those who have entered menopause.
Although it's not yet known what exactly causes uterine fibroids, most experts believe estrogen and progesterone, both hormones, play a key role.
They tend to grow when hormone levels are usually higher, often during pregnancy. They also shrink when women begin to transition into menopause.
You may have a higher risk for developing uterine fibroids if you have a family history of the condition, are overweight, don't have children, had your first period at a young age, or entered menopause at a late age.
Uterine fibroids are usually benign but can still cause symptoms like pain, frequent urination, and heavy and irregular periods.
If you are experiencing these symptoms they are usually an indication to your doctor that you may have uterine fibroids. They will then usually prescribe imaging tests to confirm.
Treatment for uterine fibroids will depend on a few factors, these include, their location, size, number of fibroids, and the symptoms you're experiencing.
Small fibroids and those that don't cause any symptoms can be typically left alone, though your provider will continue to monitor these with pelvic exams and ultrasounds.
If you are concerned about uterine fibroids and live in or near the area of Houston, TX, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones of Total Women’s Care of the Heights by dialing (346) 320-3188.
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