According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), up to 80% of women have experienced fibroids by the time they reach age 50. At Advanced Menstrual Care Center, in Towson, Maryland, Steven Tucker, MD, ACGE, FACOG, is a highly accomplished gynecologist who provides expert diagnosis and treatment of fibroids. Fibroids are often symptomless but may cause heavy menstrual bleeding or make it difficult for you to get pregnant. To learn more about diagnosing and treating fibroids, call the office to schedule an exam or book online.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in your uterus. Many women don’t even realize they have them. If fibroids grow large enough, they can cause abdominal pain and other problems, such as heavy menstrual bleeding and pain during intercourse. Fibroids are also called uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas.
These firm, benign tumors are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They can develop within the walls of your uterus, on the outside of your uterus, or in the middle of your uterus. The cause of fibroids isn’t clear, but there are several contributing factors that may increase your chance of getting them.
Genetic changes within the uterine muscles, hormone fluctuations, and heredity all play a role in whether or not you develop fibroids. If you have a mother or sister with fibroids, you’re at an increased risk of getting them. Black women are more likely to develop fibroids than other racial groups.
Additional risk factors for fibroids include:
While fibroids aren’t usually threatening to your health, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms and health complications, such as abnormal menstrual bleeding, pelvic or back pain, and constipation.
If you experience symptoms that may indicate the presence of fibroids, Dr. Tucker can perform diagnostic testing to determine their size and location. He may use ultrasound testing in his office to view the inside of your uterus. If you do have fibroids and you can benefit from treatment, Dr. Tucker develops a personalized plan based on the size of the fibroids, your symptoms, and your overall health.
Your treatment plan may include a combination of methods such as:
Dr. Tucker practices the latest state-of-the-art treatments, including minimally invasive surgical procedures that he performs in his office. Advanced Menstrual Care Center is fully staffed for surgical procedures, including on-screen video monitoring and anesthesia services. You can be confident that you’re receiving the highest standard of care in the most technologically advanced setting with a caring team.
If you suspect you have fibroids, call to schedule a complete exam with Dr. Tucker or request an appointment online.