Fibroids

Fibroids Specialist
Uterine fibroids are more common than you may realize. Medical experts estimate that between 20-50% of women in their reproductive years have fibroids, although not all cases are diagnosed. Make an appointment with Dr. Mikeal Love if you are in the Austin, Texas area and have lower abdominal pain or suspect you may have fibroids. When you are diagnosed by OB/GYN Mikeal Love and his expert team, you can start a treatment plan right away. Call the office or book your appointment online to get screened for fibroids.

Fibroids Q & A

by Mikeal Love, MD

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are solid tumors made up of muscle and connective tissue. These tumors grow along the walls of your uterus. In over 99% of cases, fibroids do not result in cancer; if you do have fibroids, that does not mean that you have a higher risk of developing uterine cancer.

While the exact cause of uterine fibroids isn’t yet clear, medical experts believe that each tiny tumor starts from one abnormal muscle cell in your uterus. This cell rapidly divides and multiplies when your estrogen levels are higher during fertile years, ultimately causing the benign tumor.   

Are there symptoms of fibroids?

Yes, although you may or may not experience them. The most common complaint is severe pain and cramping. When you have fibroids, you could also have:

  • Abnormally heavy periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Lower back pain
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods

If you do have heavy periods as a result of fibroids, you could have low iron levels. Low iron, known as anemia, leaves you feeling fatigued and causes frequent chills.

During a manual examination, Dr. Love can typically feel fibroids. If so, he will then order imaging for you to proceed with the diagnosis.

How are fibroids treated?

Most fibroids are completely harmless and require no treatment at all. But if your fibroids cause excessive pain, affect your fertility, or result in heavy periods, Dr. Love helps you find a solution.

Dr. Love can use non-surgical methods to shrink the fibroid and preserve your uterus. If it’s needed, he can remove the fibroid with a laparoscopic surgical procedure on an outpatient basis.

Why do some women get uterine fibroids?

Because uterine fibroids affect as much as half of the female population, your chances of dealing with one at some point are high. Your risk of fibroids is even higher when you’re approaching menopause because you have been through years of high estrogen levels during fertility. Your chances of developing fibroids also increase if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are African American
  • Have never delivered a baby
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