Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists
OBGYNs located in Woodbury, MN
Many women develop uterine fibroids which are smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. Fibroids or Myomas are usually benign, but they can cause debilitating symptoms and affect your fertility. The outstanding physicians at Adefris & Toppin Women's Specialists, can diagnose uterine fibroids and review your treatment options with you. If you're experiencing pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or difficulty urinating, call the clinic in Woodbury, Minnesota, today, or book online.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas and myomas, are benign growths that develop in the muscular walls of the uterus. Researchers don't fully understand what causes fibroids, but they think that elevated levels of estrogen may contribute to an accelerated rate of uterine tissue growth. They are more common in women during their reproductive years, women of African-American descent, and women who are obese. However, any woman can develop these tumors.
You might not even realize you have fibroids because smaller growths do not usually cause symptoms. Fibroid tumors may range in size from very small to very large growths that can distort the shape and size of your uterus. Women may develop just one fibroid or several fibroids.
What are some common symptoms of uterine fibroids?
The symptoms of fibroids vary greatly, and every individual woman with fibroids has a unique set of symptoms. Regular well-woman exams allow your physician at Adefris & Toppin Women's Specialists to detect fibroids that don't cause symptoms.
You may wish to consult with your physician if you have the following fibroid symptoms:
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Prolonged menstrual periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Pressure or fullness in your lower abdomen
- Enlargement of the abdomen in the postmenopausal years
- Pelvic pain
- Lower back pain
- Painful intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Difficult urination
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Difficult bowel movements
You should also see an Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists physician if you can feel a bulky mass within your pelvis.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
The physicians at Adefris & Toppin Women's Specialists design personalized treatment plans to address fibroids based on each woman's unique needs. Depending on the severity of your condition, your overall health, and your reproductive goals, your plan may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-hormonal medications that lower estrogen levels
- Uterine artery embolization
- Surgical removal of fibroids
- Hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus)
The experts at Adefris & Toppin Women's Specialists begin will review the approach to treating fibroids with you. If you do require a surgical procedure, the team of physicians has extensive experience performing minimally invasive or laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, and open abdominal procedures.
If you're experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, do not wait to schedule a consultation. Call the office today or request an appointment online.
We see patients for ultrasounds, pregnancy, birth control, and much more. We are located at 215 Radio Drive, Suite 200 Woodbury, MN 55125. Call us to book your appointment today.
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