Fibroid Treatment at Houston Fibroids
Over 70% of women experience fibroids within their lifetime. With age, the chances of developing fibroids increase.
Our fibroid specialists at Houston Fibroids have over 35 years of combined experience 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 a fibroid specialist so you can start feeling better as soon as possible.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors ranging from 1mm to over 10 cm in diameter (4 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 some instances, mild or no symptoms are felt.
Although uterine fibroids affect the uterus directly, they do not increase your risk of uterine cancer.
Although symptoms vary by person, other notable symptoms include:
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Prolonged periods
- Urinary incontinence
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Pain in the back of the legs
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- An enlarged abdomen
There are four types of fibroids. They include:
- Subserosal: Listed as one of the most common types of fibroid, this type grows outside the uterus and can cause pelvic pain and pressure.
- Intramural: These fibroid tumors develop within the muscular uterine wall and often cause excessive menstrual bleeding.
- Submucosal: Considered the less common type of fibroid, these develop under the lining of the uterine cavity.
- Pedunculated: This fibroid type grows separate from the uterus and is attached by a stalk of varying lengths and diameter to the outer surface of the uterus.
Fibroid size can range from as small as a grape to as large as a cantaloupe or even larger. It is common for a woman to have multiple fibroids, which can cause different types of 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
- 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 fibroids which are causing a negative impact on your normal daily activities and quality of life, you should consider uterine fibroid treatment right away to eliminate your symptoms and feel better as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more.