Fibroids also known as uterine leiomyomas, are non-cancerous tumors coming from the myometrium (the muscle layer) of the uterus. Up to four out of five women have fibroids, although most have no symptoms and do not need any treatment. Fibroids usually shrink after menopause. The gynecologic surgeons at North Shore Medical Center’s Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS) program can provide patients with screenings and treatment for fibroids.
Treatment of fibroid symptoms
Fibroids cause symptoms in approximately one out of every four women of reproductive age. Depending on their size, location and number, fibroids can become problematic. They are usually detected in women in their thirties and forties and are more common in minority or African American women than in women of other ethnicities. Treatment for fibroids includes medical management, hormone treatment or surgery.
Common symptoms associated with fibroids
- Abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy or long periods
- Bladder pressure, frequent urination
- Bulk and pressure symptoms
- Rectal pressure, constipation
- Infertility or recurrent miscarriages/pregnancy loss
- Pregnancy complications
- Lower back or pelvic pain