If you have extremely heavy periods that are accompanied by abdominal pain, you may be suffering from fibroids. These noncancerous tumors are common, and at Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, you can find a solution. From changes in your diet to innovative robotic surgery, these board-certified physicians can help you find relief. If you live near Westport, Fairfield, or Norwalk, Connecticut, and think you may have fibroids, call to schedule an appointment at one of the three offices. You can even book online.
Fibroids are growths that develop on the wall of your uterus. These benign uterine tumors can occur individually or in groups, and they can be small or large. Sometimes they cause no symptoms, and sometimes they can be extremely painful.
Certain risk factors make you more likely to develop fibroids. They’re most common in women in their late 30s through early 50s. After menopause, issues with uterine tumors typically subside.
Other risk factors include obesity and a family history of fibroid issues. Women who are obese have a 2-3 times higher risk for fibroids. Eating a lot of beef and ham may also put you at a higher risk.
If you have fibroids, you may experience the following symptoms:
If you’re pregnant and suffering from fibroids, it can cause complications, especially during labor. Those with fibroids are six times more likely to need a cesarean section.
If your fibroids aren’t causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend not treating them. If they’re causing you mild discomfort, medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers are recommendable. If your menstrual bleeding is heavy, your doctor may also suggest an iron supplement to prevent anemia.
In some cases, hormonal contraception can help. Your OB/GYN may recommend a low-dose birth control pill, progesterone-like injections, or an intrauterine device (IUD) that releases hormones to slow bleeding.
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (Gn-RHa) are another option. These medications suppress hormone production by the ovaries and may be recommended before fibroid surgery.
In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery. At the Avery Center, your doctor opts for the most minimally invasive procedure possible. Both laparoscopic and da VinciⓇ surgery are available. These surgeries remove fibroids but can’t prevent new ones from forming.
If you’re tired of heavy, painful periods and are looking for a solution, find it with the Avery Center. Book your appointment today online or call to schedule.