Uterine fibroids are growths, but they’re rarely cancerous – in fact, you might never know you have fibroids unless they get extremely large. If you’re concerned about having symptoms of fibroids, the highly skilled OB/GYN specialists at AllSafe Medical Group can help. At their three locations in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Downey, California, the AllSafe Medical Group team provides exceptional gynecological services for women of all ages, including medical and surgical management of fibroids. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Fibroids are growths that develop in your uterus. They aren’t usually cancerous but can cause severe pain if they grow large enough to put pressure on other organs and tissues.
Fibroids range in size from being so tiny you can’t see them with the naked eye to as big as a grapefruit. You could have just one fibroid or many, and they can be a mixture of different sizes.
If your fibroids stay small enough, you might well have no symptoms and not be aware you have them. It isn’t unusual for women to find out they have fibroids when they undergo tests or an examination for other conditions.
The reason why fibroids develop in the first place isn’t clear, but it’s thought to be related to fluctuating hormone levels.
Fibroids and cysts are typically benign growths and often cause no symptoms. The main difference between a fibroid and a cyst is the structure.
Fibroids are more solid, fibrous growths, whereas cysts are like soft sacs filled with fluid. Sometimes a cyst contains blood. Cysts can develop and disappear again within a few weeks or months, but fibroids tend to remain whole as they’re much harder for your body to break down.
If your fibroids aren’t causing any symptoms, then your OB/GYN at AllSafe Medical Group might recommend what’s called watchful waiting. That means leaving the fibroids, but having regular checkups to look for any changes and reporting any symptoms if they develop.
Hormone replacement therapy or contraceptive medication can help prevent new fibroids from forming. If you’re experiencing symptoms, your OB/GYN can remove them using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
If you have very large fibroids, you might need to undergo surgery to remove part or all of your uterus. This procedure is called a partial or full hysterectomy and would prevent you from being able to conceive.
If you are trying to have a baby or want to keep that option open, the team at AllSafe Medical Group has extensive experience in the medical management of fibroids.