The more you understand about your pregnancy, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself and your unborn child. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical information about various topics in pregnancy. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question and urge you to contact your primary obstetrical provider to make an appointment with our practice at any time to meet with our team.
- The Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy
- A healthy pregnancy for women with diabetes
- Cell free DNA prenatal screening testing
- Exercise during pregnancy
- Gestational diabetes
- Multiple pregnancy
- Obesity and pregnancy
- Preeclampsia and high blood pressure during pregnancy
- Prenatal genetic screening tests
- Special tests for Monitoring fetal health
- What are genetic disorders
- Zika virus and pregnancy
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are noncancerous tumors that form on the uterus, most typically during the childbearing years. Uterine fibroids are typically not dangerous and they often come with no symptoms. According to Womenshealth.gov, 20-80% percent of women will have uterine fibroids before age 50, some without even knowing it.
What Causes Uterine Fibroids?
While doctors do not know for sure what exactly causes uterine fibroids, both your genes and hormones are thought to play a role in their development.
What Symptoms are Associated with Uterine Fibroids?
The majority of women who develop uterine fibroids experience no symptoms at all. In fact, they often don't even know they have the growths until their doctor discovers them during a routine exam.
Among women who do experience symptoms, however, lower back pain, pain during intercourse, heavy menstrual bleeding, an overactive bladder, pressure and fullness in the abdomen, and complications during pregnancy are among the most common. Infertility can be caused by uterine fibroids, but this is very rare.
What Treatments are Available for Uterine Fibroids?
Because most uterine fibroids are not serious and tend to go away on their own, most doctors will initially opt for a "wait and see" approach. If you are experiencing significant symptoms, or if the fibroids don't go away on their own, your doctor may recommend additional treatment options, including medication and surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out which treatment option may be best for you.