More than 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with fibroids annually. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kyle Lipton, located in New Rochelle, New York, has nearly two decades of experience in diagnosing and treating fibroids. If you're suffering from pelvic pain, heavy periods, or frequent urination, make an appointment with Dr. Lipton to find out whether these symptoms are caused by fibroids.
Fibroids in the uterus, or uterine fibroids, are tumors made of the same muscle fiber as the uterine wall and are nearly always benign.
They're classified depending on where they are located in the uterus. The three different types are:
Fibroids are usually round in shape and can range in size from as small as an apple seed to in rare instances, as large as a grapefruit. They may also grow as a single tumor, or in a cluster.
Many women with fibroids have no symptoms at all. However, some fibroids, especially those that are large or located in a particular part of the uterus, can cause troubling symptoms, including:
Fibroids that are located close to the uterine lining or prevent blood flow from reaching the lining can cause heavy, painful or prolonged periods and sometimes spotting in between cycles.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, fibroids can impair fertility or cause miscarriages.
After discussing your symptoms, Dr. Lipton will likely perform an ultrasound to assess the location, size, and number of fibroids. Rather than send you to a radiology practice or in-office technician, he performs this diagnostic procedure himself during your initial appointment. Doing so ensures that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
Treatment depends on exactly what type of fibroids you have, how large they are, their location in the uterus, and whether you wish to become pregnant in the future. Once that's determined, Dr. Lipton will treat your fibroids with either: