Fibroids

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

Most women develop uterine fibroids over the course of their lives and are unaware of their existence. For some, however, fibroids can make themselves known in excruciating ways. At Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo uses state-of-the-art treatments to relieve the pain of problematic fibroids. To learn more, call his Coral Springs, Florida office or request an appointment using the online scheduling form.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, medically known as myomas, are noncancerous growths in your uterus that can range in size from a small seed on up to a grapefruit. Most women develop fibroids during their reproductive years between the ages of 25 and 35, but the growths usually don’t present any problems.

When they do cause problems, it’s because the fibroids have grown too large or too numerous, interfering with your reproductive system. Not to mention, these growths can cause severe discomfort and pain depending on their size and location.

What causes uterine fibroids?

Medical researchers haven’t identified a cause of uterine fibroids, but they believe that heredity and hormones may play a role. Fibroids are responsive to hormones, which is why they develop during your reproductive years and shrink after menopause.

Also, specific factors increase your risk, including:

  • Race: African American women are more prone to fibroids
  • Use of birth control
  • Obesity
  • Vitamin D deficiency

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy bleeding during your period
  • Longer-than-normal periods
  • Pressure in your pelvic region
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Backache

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have Dr. Barrionuevo take a look.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

To determine whether fibroids cause your discomfort, Dr. Barrionuevo performs an extensive evaluation, which includes reviewing your symptoms and your medical history. He then conducts a physical examination and may turn to ultrasound or an MRI to see what’s going on inside.

If he confirms that you have problematic fibroids, there are several treatment options, including:

  • Medications to regulate your hormones
  • Noninvasive procedures to destroy fibroid tissue
  • Laparoscopic surgery

Dr. Barrionuevo typically starts out conservatively when treating fibroids and only resorts to stronger measures should your fibroids prove resistant to treatment and continue to cause you discomfort.

To find relief from the pain and other symptoms fibroids can cause, call Coral Springs OBGYN or use the online scheduling tool to arrange an appointment.