Uterine fibroids are a condition that can impact a woman’s reproductive health. In some cases, uterine fibroids are small and go undetected, never causing symptoms to the patient. Other times, uterine fibroids can become extremely large and may become painful and problematic. At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, women in The Woodlands, TX area can seek assistance with uterine fibroids with our doctors.
What is a uterine fibroid?
A uterine fibroid is an abnormal growth that is comprised of muscle tissue that develop in the uterus or on the walls of the uterus. They can cause problems such as irregular bleeding and pelvic pain. Uterine fibroids that become large and problematic often require effective treatment.
Why does a uterine fibroid develop?
When muscle cells in the uterus multiply too quickly, they can cause the development of lumps that may be any shape or size. There may be one or several that grow on the inner and outer surfaces of the uterus or on the uterine wall. It is believed that uterine fibroids may grow due to estrogen and progesterone levels, which explains why most tend to shrink after menopause when these hormones naturally decrease. Some women may develop them if they have a family member that has them. Regardless, if they become a problem, it is best that a woman seeks assistance with her gynecologist to determine if they need to be treated.
What can happen with untreated uterine fibroids?
Most uterine fibroids are asymptomatic and are not a problem for most women, especially when they are small. However, some untreated uterine fibroids may cause serious complications such as anemia or chronic pelvic pain. They can interfere with one’s quality of life and may also impact pregnancy. Women with uterine fibroids may have more difficulty conceiving a child, and they may have an increased risk of miscarriage. Intense symptoms that are not resolved in any other manner may mean uterine fibroids need to be treated or removed.
Worried you may be dealing with uterine fibroids?
Contact Woodlands OBGYN Associates of The Woodlands, TX today to speak to one of our professionals about treatment or removal of uterine fibroids. Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson encourage new patients to call (281) 364-9898 to schedule their appointment. The practice is conveniently located at 17183 I-45, Ste. #610.