Effective Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common among women during their childbearing period. They rarely cause any symptoms, but they may affect your ability to conceive or even cause severe pregnancy complications to the point of losing your baby. The Miami fibroids experts offer effective treatment options that eliminate fibroids. Do not allow fibroids to affect your fertility.

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also known as myomas, are noncancerous abnormal growths that develop on the walls of your uterus. These benign growths usually develop during a woman’s childbearing years. Uterine fibroids do not increase the risk of developing uterine cancer, and they rarely advance to cancer. Fibroids vary in size, and they can be too small for the naked human eye to detect or extensively large masses that can enlarge and distort your uterus. In severe cases, uterine fibroids can enlarge your uterus to the point of pushing through your ribcage. Some fibroids may grow and then shrink without any medical intervention. Fibroids do not cause any symptoms, and you may not notice them unless you conduct a comprehensive pelvic exam. A pelvic ultrasound can also detect any abnormalities in your uterus.

What are the causative factors of fibroids?

 The actual cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but several factors may increase your chances of developing fibroids. Researchers believe genetics and hormonal imbalances play a fundamental role in the development of fibroids. Studies have shown that a family history of fibroids raises your risk level. Being overweight, pregnant, or obese also increases the chances of developing fibroids.

What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Most fibroids rarely cause any symptoms and can go undetected for a very long time. Some cases may cause symptoms such as:

  •               Excruciating menstrual periods
  •               Increased urge to urinate
  •               Abnormal or heavy bleeding
  •               Pain around your pelvic region or your lower back
  •               A feeling of fullness in your stomach or extreme pressure on your abdomen
  •               Pain during sex

These symptoms may not necessarily indicate the presence of uterine fibroids but may be a sign of other life-threatening conditions. Dr. Khamvongsa has expertise in the gynecologic field and guarantees accurate diagnosis. If indeed you have uterine fibroids, he has the skills to create a personalized treatment plan for you.

What are the different treatment options for uterine fibroids?

Some fibroids do not require medical intervention since they don’t pose any harm. In some cases, Dr. Khamvongsa may ask you to monitor your menstrual cycle and notify him of any abnormal changes or the appearance of new symptoms. He may recommend some effective medications to help in treating your condition. Some of these medications block estrogen release, creating a short-term state similar to a menopause state. If you have large fibroids with severe symptoms, Dr. Khamvongsa may recommend a slightly invasive surgical procedure. He may use radiofrequency ablation to shrink the abnormal tissue. Laparoscopic surgery can also treat fibroids.

For more information about more treatment options for fibroids, call Dr. Khamvongsa or schedule an online appointment today.