As many as 80% of women develop fibroids by age 50. While they are typically benign, fibroids are known for being incredibly painful and causing heavy menstrual bleeding. When you meet with Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG of For Women, Ltd., he spends time getting to know your condition and covering all of your possible treatment options. If you need surgery, Dr. Fajardo’s Chicago-based team specialize in minimally invasive techniques so that you have a quick recovery. Schedule an evaluation by calling the clinic, or by booking online.
Uterine fibroids, or leiomyoma, are muscular tumors that develop along the wall of your uterus. In many cases, fibroids are benign and don’t increase your risk of uterine or a similar type of cancer. Some women develop a single fibroid, while others have several.
Most fibroids are small, growing to the size of an apple seed. While less common, some fibroids grow into masses that are the size of a grapefruit or larger. Even though uterine fibroids affect roughly four out of five women, they don’t typically grow until you reach your 40s, or towards the end of your childbearing years.
Sometimes, although not all women have symptoms. Unexplained abdominal pain or heavy menstrual bleeding are two factors that usually bring women into the office. These red flags indicate that you could have fibroids and help Dr. Fajardo to diagnose your condition.
Depending on the size of your fibroid or fibroids, you could also experience:
Since fibroids can affect nearby organs, let Dr. Fajardo know about all abnormal issues you’re having, even if they seem unrelated.
If Dr. Fajardo suspects that you have fibroids and your symptoms are minor, you may only need oral medications to relieve pain, or birth control pills to resolve heavy bleeding. You might also benefit from injections or implants, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, that shrink your fibroids and minimize any symptoms.
If you have severe symptoms, Dr. Fajardo could suggest a hysteroscopy. This procedure has both diagnostic and treatment purposes, sometimes at the same time. During a hysteroscopy, he inserts the hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. This procedure may require local or general anesthesia.
Next, he sends gas or saline through the hysteroscope to expand your uterus. That allows him to see the lining of your uterus, as well as your fallopian tubes.
If you have fibroids, Dr. Fajardo can perform a myomectomy procedure with the hysteroscope to remove them (in most cases). Or, if you have deeply embedded or abnormally large fibroids, you may need a more invasive abdominal surgery.
If you experience abnormal cramping or bleeding, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fajardo at For Women, Ltd. either online or over the phone.