Did you know that most women will experience uterine fibroids at some point in their lives? For those living in the communities of East Windsor and Freehold, New Jersey, the team at Antheia Gynecology offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for uterine fibroids. The practice features all-female board-certified physicians, all of whom provide compassionate care. Booking your visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.
Uterine fibroids, also called myomas or leiomyomas, are benign growths that develop on or inside your uterus. Fibroids are not cancerous, but they can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms.
Fibroids can range in size from too tiny to detect with the human eye to so large they distort the shape and size of your uterus. You can have one fibroid or many, and they can return over time, even after treatment.
Uterine fibroids are most common in women between the ages of 30-40. Caucasian women have a higher risk, but when fibroids are present in African-American women, they tend to grow more rapidly.
Many fibroids don’t present any symptoms and do not interfere with your overall health. Many women only learn they have fibroids when they show up during a routine exam or ultrasound.
When symptoms are present, they might include:
If you notice any of these changes, schedule an appointment for a thorough diagnostic work-up.
Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of uterine fibroids, but believe genetics may play a role. If you have a close family member who had fibroids, you have an elevated risk of developing them yourself.
Hormones also seem to play a causal role. Women who have fibroids often find they shrink during menopause when hormone production levels decline. Vitamin D deficiency, alcohol consumption, and birth control use also seem to increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids.
The first step is determining the size and location of your fibroids and gauging the severity of your symptoms. You and your doctor at Antheia Gynecology work together to chart a treatment course that is right for you.
Hormone therapy is one approach and works to alter your hormonal balance in an effort to slow fibroid development. Birth control pills work for some women, and GnRH agonist or selective estrogen receptor modulator medications are a good fit for others.
Fibroid embolization is an option that works by injecting a substance into the arteries that feed fibroids, effectively cutting off their blood supply and causing them to shrink.
Endometrial ablation can help but works by destroying a portion of the lining of your uterus, which makes a future pregnancy impossible.
Myomectomy is a minimally invasive surgical approach that removes fibroids. This option has a great success rate, but fibroids come back for some women.
If you’d like to explore these or other treatments for uterine fibroids, call Antheia Gynecology to book a visit, or schedule your appointment online.