Uterine fibroids are most common between the ages of 30 and 40, but may occur at any age. If you suspect you have a fibroid, OB/GYN Niyati Davda, MD, provides effective treatments for the condition at Davda Medical Group in Piscataway, New Jersey. Get the expert care you deserve today by calling or scheduling a consultation online.
Fibroids are growths of muscle tissue on your uterus. Almost all uterine fibroids aren't cancerous.
The medical name for fibroids is leiomyoma, or just "myoma." You might have a fibroid and not even know it because a sizable majority of these growths don't cause any symptoms whatsoever. Larger fibroids generally cause more symptoms than small ones.
Sometimes fibroids cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
Fibroids can cause pregnancy complications and may be linked to infertility, although this is rare.
The specific factors that cause fibroids aren't clear cut, but the growths tend to run in families. Doctors suspect that the hormones estrogen and progesterone play a role in whether you develop fibroids.
For example, fibroids can develop quickly in pregnancy, when hormone levels are high, and shrink with medications that suppress hormones.
To diagnose fibroids, Dr. Davda may perform a physical exam. She typically recommends an ultrasound to look for fibroids. Ultrasound is conveniently available on-site at Davda Medical Group.
Dr. Davda customizes your treatment to your condition. In many cases, she may recommend closely monitoring you to see if the fibroid goes away naturally over a few menstrual cycles. She may ask you to come in for ultrasound monitoring of the fibroid.
If you're experiencing pain or heavy bleeding, Dr. Davda recommends prescription medicines to help relieve your symptoms. For example, hormonal birth control may relieve heavy bleeding.
Or she may suggest a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. This is a medication that can not only shrink fibroids, but also make your flow more manageable.
If these conservative measure don't help, Dr. Davda may suggest minimally invasive treatments, such as:
You can expect Dr. Davda to listen to you and recommend a treatment plan for your fibroids to improve your overall well-being and health.
If you suspect you have a fibroid, call Davda Medical Group today or book a consultation online with Dr. Davda for an evaluation.