Uterine fibroids are growths that develop in the uterus, usually during a woman’s fertile years. They aren’t ordinarily cancerous, but they may cause menstrual problems and discomfort, which Nancy L. Thornton, MD, FACOG, can help with at her practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. If you’re experiencing gynecological problems, Dr. Thornton can diagnose the cause and prescribe the most effective treatment. Call her practice today or book an appointment online.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are growths that develop in the uterus (womb) and are quite common in women of childbearing age. They’re usually benign, which means there’s very little risk of them becoming cancerous.
Many women who have fibroids have no idea they have them because they don’t experience any symptoms, so the presence of fibroids often only comes to light during routine pelvic exams or an ultrasound. Fibroids start as tiny seedlings but sometimes they grow much larger, and it’s possible for fibroids to multiply to such an extent they distort the uterus or make it expand.
Very often there aren’t any symptoms associated with fibroids, and you’ll be unaware there’s anything wrong. If there are symptoms present, they can include:
If a fibroid outgrows its blood supply, it may start to die, which can cause severe pain, but this isn’t common.
The precise causes aren’t certain, but there are several factors that could influence fibroid development:
There are also risk factors that could make you more likely to develop uterine fibroids, such as:
Black women are more likely to develop fibroids and often have higher numbers and larger sized fibroids than women in other racial groups.
In many cases, if there are no symptoms you may not need any treatment. Fibroids don’t generally cause any problems during pregnancy and often shrink after menopause. If fibroids are causing you discomfort or you’re experiencing any other symptoms, Dr. Thornton can offer a number of treatments including:
Dr. Nancy L. Thornton has extensive experience helping women who have uterine fibroids and is happy to discuss the treatment options available with you. Call her practice today or book an appointment online.