Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fibroids are small fibrous masses that grow in and around the uterus. Although they usually do not cause pain, there are times when they can cause pain or discomfort. This can depend on location and size. Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology offer a variety treatment options for fibroids and other conditions that involve the reproductive system. These options can vary widely from simple observation, to advanced minimally invasive surgical removal, with several options in the middle. If you have any questions or concerns about fibroids, schedule a consultation with us.

Fibroids Q & A

Are fibroids cancerous?

Fibroids are rarely cancerous: They’re benign 99% of the time. Fibroids are small, fibrous tumors that grow and develop inside the uterine wall. In most cases, fibroids remain very small and are only detected during a pelvic exam performed by your OB/GYN provider at Rodeo Drive Women's Health Center.

There are cases, however, when fibroids continue to grow. Once they grow larger, they cause pain, discomfort, or irregular and sometimes heavy vaginal bleeding that can manifest in a variety of ways, including:

  • Lower-back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • Irregular menstrual periods

If any of these symptoms occur without warning, schedule an appointment with your doctor at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology so they can get to the root of your problem.

How are fibroids treated?

Many fibroids develop and then disappear before any treatment is needed. If they continue to grow, however, your healthcare provider can offer several treatment options that may shrink the fibroids and reduce your discomfort, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonists
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Antihormonal agents
  • Conservative surgical therapies

If your fibroids continue to develop and grow larger than normal, your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy. Your OB/GYN provider will only consider a hysterectomy if you are positive that you don't want to have any more children. If you want to discuss your treatment options, call the providers at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology and schedule an appointment.

Do fibroids cause any other symptoms?

Many fibroids are small enough that they cause no symptoms at all. Others can grow larger than normal and begin to disrupt how the uterus functions. Every woman reacts differently, so your symptoms are unique to the size of your fibroids and exactly where they're located. A few of the most common symptoms women experience include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic pain with or without sexual
  • intercourse
  • Lower-back pain
  • Painful periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Spotting between periods

You may experience some or all of the symptoms in varying degrees of severity. If you do experience any of the symptoms and want to find out what’s causing your discomfort, contact Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology to get the answers you need.