Fibroid Treatment at Houston Fibroids

Nearly 70% of women experience fibroids within their lifetime. With age, the chances of developing fibroids increase.

Our fibroid specialists at Houston Fibroids have over 25 years of combined experience and specialize in treating uterine fibroids.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with fibroids or are experiencing symptoms consistent with these benign tumors, we encourage you to get checked by your OBGYN or a fibroid specialist so you can start feeling better sooner.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors that can range from 1mm to over 8cm in diameter (8 inches) or more. Fibroids are made up of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They can appear inside or outside the uterus and typically cause moderate to severe symptoms in women. In rare instances, no symptoms are felt.

Although uterine fibroids affect the uterus directly, they do not increase your risk of uterine cancer.

Fibroid Symptoms

Although symptoms vary by person, other notable symptoms include:

  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged periods
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Anemia
  • Pain in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • An enlarged abdomen

Fibroid Types

There are four types of fibroids. They include:

  1. Subserosal: Listed as the most common type of fibroid, this type grows on the outside of the uterus and can cause pelvic pain and pressure.
  2. Intramural:  These fibroid tumors develop within the muscular uterine wall and often cause excessive menstrual bleeding.
  3. Submucosal: Considered the least common type of fibroid, this develops under the lining of the uterine cavity.
  4. Pedunculated: This fibroid type resembles a stalk attached to the uterus and is typically connected to another type of fibroid.

Fibroid size can range from minute (walnut size) to as large as a cantaloupe or even more prominent. It is common for a woman to have multiple fibroid tumors, and it may be challenging to understand which fibroid is causing your specific symptoms.

Uterine Fibroid Causes

Although the direct cause of fibroids is still unknown, various factors increase your chances of developing fibroids, including:

  • Heredity and genetics
  • Your age
  • Your race
  • The age you started your period
  • Obesity
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • A diet high in red meat and low in green vegetables, fruit, and dairy
  • Regular alcohol consumption

If you are experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors, are considered someone at an increased risk of developing uterine fibroids due to their linked causes or are finding it difficult to maintain your standard way of life due to debilitating symptoms, you should consider uterine fibroid treatment right away to mitigate symptoms and feel better sooner. Contact us today to learn more.

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