Fibroids are abnormal growths that occur in the female reproductive system.
Left untreated, they can cause pain, abnormal bleeding, and fertility
issues. If you suspect you have fibroids, see your
women’s health specialist for a diagnosis and to find out what treatments may work for you. Here
is a look at some of the areas that can be affected by fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are the most common form of fibroids by far. Fibroids
can form in many different locations in the uterus, including the lining
and along the outside of the uterus. Some fibroids in the uterus are small
and don’t cause any symptoms. In other instances, fibroids can grow
to be very large and cause significant discomfort and heavy menstrual
bleeding. Often, uterine fibroids are affected by hormone changes and
grow larger in size around the time of menstruation. When fibroids develop
on the outside of the uterus and grow into the uterine cavity, they can
also begin to affect other parts of the body, including the kidneys, bladder,
stomach, and rectum.
Although they are less common than uterine fibroids, ovarian fibroids
are also possible. Dr. Edmund Pack, an OBGYN at Southern Hills Hospital
& Medical Center, discusses the impact that these kinds of fibroids
can have on fertility in
this video. Fibroids can block the Fallopian tubes, interfering with ovulation and
making it difficult to achieve a pregnancy.
Dealing with Fibroids
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to offer comprehensive
health care for women, including OBGYN services and
maternity care in Las Vegas
. Get a referral to one of our women’s health providers today by
calling (702) 880-2700.
Many women don’t know that they have fibroids because they don’t
experience any symptoms. If your fibroids are not causing a problem for
you, then you may not need treatment. If you are experiencing pain, heavy
bleeding, and other symptoms, consider seeing your doctor to find out
if medications, minimally invasive procedures like ablation, or surgery
could help you.