Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus. They’re very common and affect 70-80% of women at some point during their life. At her practice, Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc in National City, California, OB/GYN Dr. del Rosario and Rhodora Schaepe, NP, specialize in diagnosing and treating fibroids with both medical and surgical treatment options. To schedule an appointment to discuss treatment for your fibroids, call or book online today.
Fibroids, or uterine fibroids, are growths that develop in your uterus. Fibroids are very common and almost always benign (noncancerous).
The tumors grow at different rates and may be as small as a pea or as large as a watermelon. You may also have more than one fibroid.
Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms. However, if you have large fibroids or multiple fibroids you may experience:
Fibroids may make it harder for you to get pregnant or increase your risk of miscarriage. They may also complicate your pregnancy and delivery.
The team at Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc may inadvertently find a fibroid during your annual well-woman exam. To diagnose fibroids, they may run various diagnostic tests such as an ultrasound, hysteroscopy, or hysterosalpingography.
The diagnostic tests provide additional information about your fibroids, including location, size, and number. The team at Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc uses this information to determine your treatment plan.
Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc manages fibroids with medical and surgical approaches. The best method for you depends on the size and location of your fibroids, as well as the severity of your symptoms.
If your fibroids are small and you have no symptoms, the team may take a wait-and-see approach. They schedule regular follow-up exams to monitor fibroid growth and symptoms.
To manage any symptoms, the team may prescribe medication like hormonal birth control pills or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist. Placement of an intrauterine device, which is a long-active reversible contraceptive, may also be recommended.
If your fibroids are large and cause severe symptoms that interfere with your daily life, the women’s health experts at Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc may recommend surgical intervention.
Surgical options include myomectomy (removal of the fibroid) or hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc only recommends a hysterectomy if you have no future pregnancy plans.
For comprehensive care for your fibroids, call the office of Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc or book an appointment online today.