Obstetrics, Gynecology, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY & Flushing, NY
By age 50, an estimated 20-80% of women will develop a fibroid. While they don’t always cause symptoms and can come and go without your knowledge, for some women, fibroids can be difficult to live with. Board-certified gynecologist Robert Berg, MD, at Arcadia Ob/Gyn, specializes in the diagnosis and management of fibroids and can provide the care you need to alleviate your symptoms. For an appointment, call the New York City office in Midtown Manhattan, New York, today or use the online booking tool.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are muscular noncancerous tumors that grow in your uterus. The tumors can vary in size and number and may be as small as a pencil eraser or as large as a softball. Some women have only one fibroid, while others may have several.
Fibroids are very common and affect a large percentage of women of childbearing age. You may be at risk of developing fibroids if they run in your family, you’re of African-American descent, or you’re obese. Eating a diet high in red meat or pork may also increase your risk of developing fibroids, while eating more vegetables may lower your risk.
What are fibroid symptoms?
Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, and you may not even be aware that you have one until Dr. Berg discovers it during your gynecology exam at Arcadia Ob/Gyn. However, if you have a fibroid, you may experience:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic or back pain
- Frequent urination
- Increase in abdominal girth
Fibroids can also affect fertility.
How are fibroids diagnosed?
Dr. Berg conducts comprehensive examinations when you visit Arcadia Ob/Gyn with gynecology concerns, and the office has state-of-the-art diagnostic tools so he can formulate a diagnosis during your appointment.
He may be able to determine if you have a fibroid during a pelvic exam, and then confirm his diagnosis with an ultrasound, which also allows him to assess location and size.
What are the treatments for fibroids?
Treatment for your fibroid depends on your symptoms. If your fibroid isn’t causing symptoms, Dr. Berg may take a wait-and-see approach and monitor the tumor with periodic ultrasounds.
However, if your fibroid is causing symptoms that are disruptive to your daily life, then he may suggest:
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Hormonal birth control to manage menstrual bleeding
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (shrinks the fibroid)
Dr. Berg may also suggest surgical removal of your fibroid, a myomectomy. He may be able to use a minimally invasive approach for the removal of your fibroid using MyoSure®, which removes the fibroid using a specially designed wand inserted through your vagina.
Fibroids are common and treatment possible. For expert gynecology care, call Arcadia Ob/Gyn or request an appointment online.