Fibroids Treatment in Brooklyn
Fibroids are very common. Approximately 80 percent of women will have fibroids in their lifetime, although not all women have bothersome fibroid symptoms. Treatments are available for women who have fibroid-related problems like heavy menstrual bleeding, pain or pressure in the pelvis, or problems with pregnancy or infertility.
Fibroids Utrasound in Brooklyn, NY
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Fibroids can range in size from microscopic to the size of a grapefruit or even larger. Most fibroids are small and do not cause any symptoms at all. However, some women with fibroids have very heavy or long menstrual periods or pelvic pressure or pain that interferes with their life.
Fibroids are more likely to cause symptoms if the fibroids are large, if there are many fibroids, or if the fibroid is in certain places in the uterus. Fibroid symptoms tend to get better when a woman no longer has menstrual periods, at menopause.
Increased menstrual bleeding
Fibroids can increase the amount and/or the number of days of menstrual bleeding. Women who have excessive menstrual bleeding are at risk for a low blood count (iron deficiency anemia).
Pelvic pressure and pain
Larger fibroids can cause a sense of pelvic pressure or fullness in the abdomen, like the feeling of being pregnant. Sometimes women can even look pregnant when they are not; this appearance is due to the fibroids.
Fibroids can also cause other symptoms, depending upon where they are in the uterus. As an example, if a fibroid is pressing on the bladder, the woman may feel like she needs to go to the bathroom frequently. Similarly, a fibroid pressing on the rectum can cause constipation.
Problems with fertility and pregnancy
Most women with fibroids can become pregnant without a problem. However, certain fibroids that distort the inside of the uterus can cause trouble becoming pregnant or with miscarriage and removing these fibroids can optimize fertility. Fibroids in the outer part of the uterus may have a mild effect on decreasing fertility, but surgically removing these fibroids does not appear to decrease the risk. Women with fibroids and reproductive problems should go through a basic infertility evaluation before concluding the fibroids are responsible for the problem.
Most women with fibroids have a completely normal pregnancy without complications. However, women with a large fibroid (greater than 5 to 6 cm) or more fibroids might have an increased risk of specific pregnancy complications.
FIBROID DIAGNOSTICS IN BROOKLYN, NY
A doctor or other health care provider may suspect fibroids if your uterus is enlarged or has an irregular shape. A pelvic ultrasound is needed to confirm that fibroids are present. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the uterus.