Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that develop in or just outside a woman’s uterus during childbearing years. Uterine fibroids develop from muscle cells that grow abnormally eventually forming a benign tumor. They can range in size from tiny seedlings to large masses that can alter and enlarge the uterus. Dr. Nathan Thomas, leading OB-GYN in Dallas explains, “For many cases, uterine fibroids will cause no symptoms at all — so most women don’t realize they have them until they are found during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.”
Who Gets Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are extremely common. In fact, many women have uterine fibroids at some point in life. Uterine fibroids in most women are usually too small to cause any problems or even notice. Doctors have not yet determined an exact cause of uterine fibroids. The growth of fibroids seems to depend on genetic changes and hormones. Most fibroids develop after puberty and usually after age 30 leading researchers to believe estrogen plays a large role in their growth. Uterine fibroids tend to shrink or disappear completely when hormone production decreases and estrogen levels fall after menopause.
Influential factors in the development of uterine fibroids:
- Women taking birth control pills are less likely to develop uterine fibroids.
- Women whose first period was before age 10 are more likely to develop significant uterine fibroids.
- Women whose sisters and mothers have uterine fibroids are more likely to have them.
- Women who have had children are less likely to develop uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are extremely common with as many as 3 out of 4 women having them at some point in life. Most women are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms.
- Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
- Overly heavy or painful menstrual bleeding
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Pain with intercourse
- Prolonged menstrual bleeding, for seven or more days
- Bloating or fullness in the belly or pelvis
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
Seek prompt medical care if you have severe vaginal bleeding or sharp pelvic pain that comes on suddenly.
Call Dr. Nathan Thomas a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas one of the most sought-after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named 2015 | 2016 Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors in the United States succeeds with this recognition. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Thomas at 972-566-4555.