Uterine fibroids are a common concern for many women. In some, symptoms may occur, causing disruption in their personal lives. For others, no symptoms occur and the fibroids remain without any issues. The team at the Texas Center for Health in Beaumont, Texas encourages women who are concerned about uterine fibroids to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our team to ensure they are healthy and unbothered by these growths.
What is a uterine fibroid?
A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous growth that can develop in the uterus. They most commonly develop during a woman’s reproductive years, and can range in size from small seed-shaped growths to large bulky masses.
Can fibroids turn into cancer?
It is actually very rare for fibroids to become cancerous. However, a cancerous fibroid, called leiomyosarcoma, can develop in one out of 1,000 cases. Though rare, it is important for women to work with their provider to ensure the growth is not cancerous and to monitor for changes.
Can a uterine fibroid impact my pregnancy?
In most situations, smaller fibroids play no role or risk in pregnancy. However, fibroids have a tendency to grow larger during this time because of the changes in blood flow to the uterus and hormone levels. In this situation, a larger fibroid may result in pressure, pain, and other discomforts. In addition, women who have larger or several fibroids during their pregnancy may experience an increased risk of:
- Requiring a C-section for safe delivery
- Breech presentation of the baby
- Placental abruption
- Preterm delivery, prior to 37 weeks
Talking with your provider about your condition and determining if a fibroid will interfere with your pregnancy is a proactive step in ensuring a smooth nine months ahead!
Can fibroids keep me from getting pregnant?
Women experiencing infertility may find that their uterine fibroids are to blame. Fibroids can sometimes impact conception if they are reducing the blood flow to the uterus, reducing space in the uterus, impacting the uterine lining, or obstructing the fallopian tubes. In situations such as this, women may consider uterine fibroid removal with our professionals.
Request an appointment today
If you suspect you are dealing with uterine fibroids, we welcome you to call our practice in Beaumont, Texas to discuss diagnosis and treatment. We are here to help new and current patients into our practice, ensuring the best possible care with our team at the Texas Center for Health.