About Uterine Fibroids
While it is unclear why women develop uterine fibroids, we can still research ways to manage and remove them. Many women may exhibit little or no symptoms, depending on the size of the fibroids and their location within the uterus. The most common symptoms are abnormal bleeding, pressure, and pain in the uterus. If you’re concerned about uterine fibroids, schedule your appointment with Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center. Our caring staff will conduct a thorough evaluation. This may include a pelvic exam as well as a transvaginal ultrasound. Call us today to book your appointment.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. These growths are also called fibromyomas, leiomyomas, or myomas. Women with uterine fibroids may experience symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, and frequent urination. Fibroids come in a variety of sizes and can range from a pea to a grapefruit in size. More significant fibroids can enlarge the uterus and distort the fallopian tubes, interfere with the passage of sperm from the cervix to the fallopian tubes, and even prevent the implantation and growth of an embryo.
How Do You Treat a Fibroid Uterus?
Treatment for fibroids is definitely on a case by case basis. Your fertility doctors may recommend a minimally-invasive myomectomy or a more invasive approach depending on the size and location of your fibroid(s).
The size and location of the fibroids change how the procedure is conducted. We can use a minimally invasive hysteroscopy to remove fibroids through the cervix if the fibroid is within the uterine cavity. Another minimally invasive technique to remove fibroids is through a laparoscope, which makes a tiny incision through the belly button and on the lower abdomen. Due to being minimally invasive, these procedures have significantly shorter recovery times, less initial pain and discomfort, and no large visible scars – all while producing excellent results.
If an open or abdominal myomectomy is recommended, due to an enlarged uterus or multiple fibroids, we’ll refer you to an affiliated hospital to allow you to recover postoperatively for several days. This type of surgery typically has a larger incision and is considered more invasive. Your surgeon will discuss the different surgical approaches with you, and which mode that suits you best. At Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center, we always have your best interests in mind.
Effects on Fertility
Fibroids can also cause issues with fertility (both getting pregnant and maintaining pregnancy). Some fibroids should be removed to improve or optimize your pregnancy’s outcome. Fibroids within the uterine cavity or large fibroids in the muscular wall of the uterus that distort the uterine cavity are the specific types that warrant a conversation with a fertility specialist who performs gynecologic surgeries.