Advanced Gynecology & Surgery
OB/GYNs located in Brooklyn, NY
Most women at some point develop a fibroid, which is a noncancerous tumor. While the fibroid might not cause symptoms, for some women, they can be uncomfortable. Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay area, are women’s health experts who can provide treatment, including removal, of your fibroid to alleviate your symptoms. If you live or work in or around the New York City area and need expert gynecological care, call the practice today or schedule an appointment online.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Fibroids, also referred to as myomas or leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that develop from the muscle tissue in your uterus. You can develop a fibroid at any age, but they most often occur in women between the ages of 30 and 40. You may have one fibroid or many, and they can be as small as a pencil eraser or as large as a cantaloupe.
What types of symptoms do fibroids cause?
Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms. In fact, you may have a small fibroid for years and not know it until Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker find it during a routine exam or when performing a test or procedure for another issue.
However, the size and location of your fibroid, or if you have many, may lead to the development of various symptoms, such as:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pain or heaviness
- Infertility or miscarriage
- Frequent urination or constipation
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your OB/GYN at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery can identify the cause and provide the most appropriate treatment.
Do I need treatment for my fibroids?
If your fibroid isn’t causing symptoms and not affecting the quality of your life, then you may not need treatment. Instead, Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker will take a wait-and-see approach, monitoring the size of your fibroid and your symptoms. Fibroids can grow quickly and unexpectedly.
What treatments are available for fibroids?
If your fibroids are causing symptoms, you have many treatment options. Your OB/GYN may recommend medication to manage your fibroid and symptoms, such as:
- Birth control to reduce bleeding and pain
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist, which may shrink the fibroid
- Progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) for management of heavy bleeding
Surgery may also be recommended if your fibroid is large. Your OB/GYN may be able to remove the fibroid alone, referred to as a myomectomy, or perform a hysterectomy if you don’t plan to have children in the future.
Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker can remove your fibroid, but they can’t prevent a new one from forming.
For expert fibroid care, call Advanced Gynecology & Surgery to schedule an appointment. Or use the online booking button.
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