Understanding uterine fibroids

woman having painful-cramps due to menstruation Women who have uterine fibroids may have different experiences. Some women have them and don’t experience any problems, while others may be incredibly uncomfortable and want to speak to a provider about possible treatments. At Columbus Women’s Care in Canal Winchester, OH, our doctor is here to provide a definitive diagnosis of a woman’s condition and then discuss possible treatment options. Uterine fibroids are common but can be treated to offer women relief.

Understanding uterine fibroids

A uterine fibroid is a benign tumor that form in the uterus. They are common, affecting as many as one in four women. While most women with uterine fibroids don’t have any symptoms, some may experience problems such as pain, heavy bleeding, and infertility.

How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

Our team will likely start with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. If they suspect you have uterine fibroids, they may order some of the following tests:

  • Ultrasound: This imaging test uses sound waves to create a picture of your uterus. It can be used to help determine the size and location of the fibroids.
  • MRI: This imaging test uses magnets and radio waves to create a detailed picture of your uterus. It can be used to help determine the size and location of the fibroids.
  • Hysteroscopy: This is a procedure in which your doctor inserts a small telescope (hysteroscope) through your vagina and cervix into your uterus. This allows them to directly view the inside of your uterus.
  • Biopsy: During this procedure, your doctor removes a small sample of tissue from the fibroid for lab testing. This can help confirm the diagnosis.

What is the cause of uterine fibroids?

There is no one definitive cause of uterine fibroids. But they may be related to changes in estrogen levels or to genes that affect how a woman’s body processes estrogen. Other possible causes include being overweight or having a high level of iron in the blood.

What are the treatment options for uterine fibroids?

Treatment for uterine fibroids depends on the woman’s symptoms and whether she wants to become pregnant. Options include watchful waiting, medications, surgery, or embolization (a procedure to block the blood supply to the fibroid).

Which treatment is right for me?

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to uterine fibroids, talk to the team at Columbus Women’s Care. Our providers can help you determine the best course of treatment for your unique situation and help you understand the options available to you.

How do I schedule an appointment?

At Columbus Women’s Care, Canal Winchester, OH area women who are struggling with uterine fibroids can find relief with effective treatment. Call (614) 755-4200 to request an appointment with our team at 7901 Diley Road, Suite #205/260. We are open to new and returning patients seeking reproductive health services with a caring, experienced team of professionals.

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