Fibroids are masses of tissue that form in the uterus and which can range in size from very small to larger than a tennis ball. The underlying cause of fibroids hasn't been determined, but fluctuations in hormone levels appear to play a role. Fibroids tend to occur and grow during the childbearing years, with growth tapering off during menopause. Although fibroids typically don't cause problems with fertility unless they are very large and symptomatic, if they grow during a pregnancy, they can result in complications including miscarriage.
No, uterine fibroids are almost always benign, or non-cancerous.
Fibroids can cause symptoms such as:
very heavy periods
spotting or light bleeding between periods
a sensation of pressure in the lower abdomen
Many fibroids – especially smaller ones – cause no symptoms.
Fibroids that cause no symptoms typically are not treated. When they do cause problems, treatment can include:
uterine artery embolization, which cuts off the flow of blood to the fibroids
hormone therapy to control the growth of fibroids
surgical removal of fibroids
ablation to remove the fibroid tissue
In very severe cases, a total or partial hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may be performed. Your treatment will depend on the extent and size of your fibroids, whether you're done having children and other factors.
Yes, fibroids can recur following removal. The likelihood of recurrence depends on the type of treatment you have as well as other factors. You can ask about the risk of recurrence associated with different procedures during your appointment following your evaluation.
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For insurance plans with which we participate, we will seek to obtain verification of your eligibility. However, even when coverage, benefits, and eligibility are verified, your insurance plan will not guarantee the accuracy of their confirmation.
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