A fibroid, also known as leiomyomas, is an overgrowth of muscle and scar tissue that can occur in the different layers of the uterus. Fibroids are typically slow growing and can range in size. Sometimes, they can be as small as a pea (a fraction of an inch), but sometimes they grow to the size of a small melon (multiple inches in diameter).
Thankfully, fibroids are not cancerous. However, they can be bothersome. Fibroids occur in about 70% of women and are often undiagnosed because they don’t always cause symptoms.
Not every woman with fibroids has symptoms. In fact, most women live their whole life without knowing they have fibroids. When symptoms do exist, they include:
Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
Bleeding between menses
Chronic pelvic pain, "heaviness," or pressure
Frequent need to urinate
Feeling of not completely emptying when you urinate
At Rancho OB/GYN, we are trained in treating uterine fibroids. If you have symptoms that you think are related to uterine fibroids, please call Rancho OB/GYN’s office to schedule an appointment because better health starts here!