As many as eight in 10 women develop uterine fibroids by the time they turn 50. Fibroids can cause abnormal menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. If you suspect you have one of these uterine growths, board-certified OB/GYN Mojan Gabbay, MD, offers the most up-to-date in-office technologies to monitor or remove fibroids. Call the office located in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles, California, or schedule a consultation online.
Fibroids are growths that may occur inside or outside your uterus. You can develop fibroids at any age, but they're most common between the ages of 30 and 40. Most aren’t cancerous.
Fibroids can be large or quite small, and grow at different rates. A fast-growing fibroid can be painful. Some fibroids, however, produce no symptoms at all.
You may experience a variety of symptoms, or none at all with fibroids. Still, some signs to watch for include:
Fibroids also may lead to a miscarriage or even infertility, although this is rare.
Your gynecologist may suggest an ultrasound, which is a painless imaging procedure to gather more information about the fibroid or fibroids. Dr. Gabbay offers the convenience of bedside ultrasounds.
An ultrasound device sends painless sound waves into your uterus and pelvic organs. The waves create a picture on a monitor to reveal the presence of fibroids or other abnormalities.
In other cases, Dr. Gabbay may suggest an in-office hysteroscopy, which uses a tiny camera to see inside your uterus.
Dr. Gabbay tailors your treatment to the size of the fibroids and related symptoms. She may suggest watchful waiting, which includes regularly monitoring the growth of the fibroid via an ultrasound.
You may need medical or surgical treatment with certain symptoms, such as:
In these cases, you may benefit from a minor procedure to remove the fibroid or growth. Dr. Gabbay may suggest surgical treatment when it’s unclear whether your uterine growth is a fibroid or another kind of tumor, such as an ovarian tumor.
If you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding or pain, and you suspect you have a fibroid, Dr. Gabbay has the expertise to create the best treatment plan for your needs. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online.