According to some research, up to 80% of women will develop fibroids by age 50. While not everyone with fibroids has symptoms, the team at Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC in Johns Creek of Suwanee, Georgia, offers help for those who do. Skilled gynecologists Courtney Middleton, MD, and Lindsay Killingsworth, MD, offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for painful fibroids to protect your reproductive health. To learn more about your options for easing fibroid pain, schedule a consultation online, or call Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC today.
Fibroids are abnormal but noncancerous uterine growths. They can remain small or grow large enough to cause symptoms that interfere with your life. You can also develop fibroids that are big enough to distort the structure of your uterus.
You may be at an increased risk for developing fibroids if you have a family history of the condition. Hormone changes that occur with your menstrual cycle or pregnancy can also influence fibroid development.
While fibroids are common and generally harmless, you should schedule an evaluation if fibroid symptoms become disruptive.
Depending on the size and location of your fibroids, you can experience a variety of symptoms, including:
When fibroids grow large, you may experience increased frequency in urination and discomfort or pain during sex. If fibroids grow very large, you may notice swelling or a distended abdomen.
The Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC team offers on-site diagnostic imaging tests, like ultrasounds, to evaluate the health of your reproductive organs and identify fibroids. Your provider also does a pelvic exam to assess the size and shape of your uterus physically.
Once your Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC physician confirms fibroids are causing your symptoms, she will create a treatment plan to ease pain and prevent other health complications.
If you have small fibroids that aren’t affecting your health, such as those discovered during an ultrasound for another issue, your Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC provider may take a wait-and-see approach, monitoring fibroid growth over time.
If you have fibroids that are already causing pain and other symptoms, your provider can recommend medications to shrink the fibroids. You may also benefit from birth control pills or a hormonal IUD to ease painful cramping and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Treating huge fibroids may require surgery. The medical team offers minimally invasive surgery to remove fibroids, including laparoscopy that requires only small incisions. This procedure ensures you heal faster and experience less pain than with open surgery.
Even with treatment, fibroids can return. Your provider can monitor your uterus for fibroids and offer treatment if you experience pain or other symptoms down the road.
If you suspect your low back pain or pelvic pain is due to fibroids, don’t delay an evaluation. You can call Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC today or use the online booking system to schedule an appointment.