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
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.
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.