Uterine Fibroids 411
Uterine fibroids are growths within the uterus that are typically non-cancerous in nature.
They range in size and affect most women at some point in their lives.
However, these masses typically evolve during childbearing years.
What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
This condition is unique in that it is often symptomless.
However, depending on the location of the fibroids, the following symptoms are common:
- Longer periods (lasting a week or more)
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic pressure
- Urinating frequently
- Heavy bleeding during menstruation
- Leg pain
- Back pain or aching
What Causes Uterine Fibroids?
While the exact cause is not known, extensive research has uncovered that factors such as genetic changes, hormones, Extracellular matrix, or other growth factors may increase your likelihood of developing fibroids.
Additionally, black women are more likely to develop fibroids as well as women with a family history of fibroids.
Many fibroids that develop during pregnancy are also known to go away on their own or shrink in size once the uterus has shrunk back down.
Can Fibroids Affect My Pregnancy?
Although rare, it is possible that fibroids may affect your ability to get pregnant or to stay pregnant.
Other risks for pregnant women include placental abruptions, fetal growth restriction, and preterm delivery.
Seeing a Doctor
If you have any of the following symptoms you should see your doctor right away:
- Persistent pelvic pain
- Longer than normal periods
- Painful periods
- Difficulty fully emptying your bladder
Dr. Nicky Singh
If you believe you have uterine fibroids and want to speak with a doctor with extensive experience treating this condition, Dr. Nicky Singh is here to help.
Dr. Nicky Singh is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who has been in private practice since 1994.
Over the years, Dr. Singh has prided herself in serving the women of her community for all of their OB/GYN needs.
To contact Dr. Singh today, call (703)359-4842.