Did you know that most women will experience uterine fibroids at some point in their lifetime? For those in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the greater Hampton Roads area, Francine Olds, MD, of Women's Health Choice offers outstanding diagnostic and treatment services for uterine fibroids. Scheduling an appointment is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online booking page.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas and myomas, are benign growths in your uterus. Researchers have found no link between fibroids and uterine cancer, but when fibroids grow larger they can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms.
You can have one fibroid or many, and they can range in size from too small to be detected by the human eye to so large they extend your abdomen. Most women will have fibroids at some point, but many will have no symptoms. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for fibroids to be initially detected during a routine pelvic exam.
There is no clear cause for uterine fibroids, but researchers believe a combination of genetic and hormonal factors may lead to fibroids. African-American women have a higher risk than other racial groups and also tend to have more problematic fibroids.
If you have a close relative who had fibroids your risk is elevated. It also appears that alcohol consumption and eating a diet that lacks fruit, green vegetables, and dairy can all increase your risk for fibroids.
Not all uterine fibroids will present symptoms. When symptoms are present, they can include:
You know your body better than anyone. If you feel that something just isn’t right, reach out to Dr. Olds to book a diagnostic exam.
A pelvic exam is the first step in the diagnostic process. This exam allows Dr. Olds to feel the general shape of your uterus. Irregularities might suggest that larger fibroids are displacing normal tissues.
Ultrasound is a great tool for detecting the presence of uterine fibroids. This screening option uses soundwaves to create real-time imaging of your reproductive tissues. An ultrasound can be performed externally or by using a vaginal probe.
Lab testing can also provide information about how your body is functioning. If you’ve been bleeding heavily, Dr. Olds might want to screen for anemia, which can occur when you lose blood over time.
If Dr. Olds determines you have uterine fibroids, she will discuss your treatment options in detail. You’ll have everything you need to make an informed decision about your care.
If you have additional questions or concerns, call the office today, or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience.