Uterine fibroids affect over 70% of women by the time they turn 50. Women who have fibroids that cause uncomfortable symptoms need to know that Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan at Pinecroft OBGYN treats women in the Spring, Texas, and greater Houston area who are suffering from fibroids. As a New York University graduate and certified member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Bharksuwan has a keen insight into the best potential treatments for this common condition.
Fibroids are benign tumors growing inside the uterus. They're common in women between the ages of 35 and 45 and are a common reason for a woman to have a hysterectomy. The tissue that makes up fibroids is fibrous tissue similar to the uterine tissue. The hormones estrogen and progesterone stimulate their growth, but the actual cause is unknown.
Fibroids can often exist with no symptoms. Women who do have symptoms may experience:
If the fibroids become large, they can press on other organs, including the digestive and urinary system organs, causing constipation or urinary discomfort.
Women with small to medium sized fibroids shouldn't have trouble getting pregnant. As pregnancy progresses, fibroids can grow, and this causes pain and discomfort. It can also increase the risk of c-section, placental abruption, and preterm delivery. Dr. Bharksuwan will discuss possible fibroid complications during pregnancy with his patient’s who have fibroids and want to get pregnant.
The vast majority of fibroids are benign, with less than 1 out of 1,000 being cancerous. Those fibroids that are cancerous don't arise from existing fibroids. This means fibroids don't increase a woman's risk of getting uterine cancer.
Many women find out they have fibroids during their annual pelvic exam, when Dr. Bharksuwan feels them while examining the reproductive organs. Sometimes women who come to Pinecroft OBGYN suffering from heavy periods or intense menstrual cramping will have an ultrasound or other imaging test that reveals the fibroid.
Women without uncomfortable symptoms don't need to treat their fibroids. For fast-growing fibroids or fibroids causing discomfort, medication to reduce estrogen levels may help. Uterine artery embolization is a nonsurgical procedure to block the blood vessels flowing to the fibroids to cause them to shrink. For women who aren't planning to have children, or who have severe symptoms, hysterectomy provides a solution. Women who need their fibroids removed but still wish to preserve fertility can have an open surgery to remove the fibroids, known as myomectomy. For more information about fibroid treatment options, schedule an appointment with Pinecroft OBGYN.
At the office of Dr. Bharksuwan, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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