Fibroids Specialist

Dr. Fozouni OB/GYN & Associates

Derakhsh Fozouni, MD

OBGYN located in Palm Springs, CA

If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, heavy periods, or the frequent urge to urinate, you might have uterine fibroids. Derakhsh Fozouni, MD, offers both noninvasive and minimally invasive fibroid treatment solutions at Dr. Fozouni OB/GYN & Associates in Palm Springs, California. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable fibroid symptoms, call Dr. Fozouni’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Fibroids Q & A

What are fibroids?

A uterine fibroid is a growth in your uterine wall. These growths are almost always noncancerous and typically occur during your reproductive years.

Fibroids can vary in size, and, in some cases, fibroids aren’t visible to the naked eye. In others, they're the size of a grapefruit and distort your uterus. They can develop in your uterine wall, into the uterine cavity, or protrude from the uterus.

You can have a single fibroid or many. Fibroids may grow quickly, slowly, or remain the same size. Many fibroids diminish in size on their own, especially after menopause.

Having fibroids doesn’t increase your risk of uterine cancer.

What causes fibroids?

Fibroids are most common in women between 40-50 years of age. The precise cause of fibroids isn’t known, but several factors can contribute to them forming, including:

  • A family history of fibroids
  • The female hormones estrogen and progesterone
  • Tissue substances in your body that promote fibroid growth
  • Genetic changes causing abnormal uterine muscle cells

Your risk of having fibroids is higher if you’re African-American. Black women typically develop higher numbers of larger fibroids at a younger age.

Additional risk factors include being overweight, beginning menstruation at a young age, and having a vitamin D deficiency. Poor eating habits have also been linked to fibroids, especially consuming a lot of red meat and ham.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

In many cases, fibroids don’t cause symptoms. When problems do arise though, fibroid symptoms usually include:

  • Pain in your legs or back
  • Pressure or pain in your pelvis
  • Heavy or painful menstruation
  • Periods that last longer than a week
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods

Fibroids can also press on nearby organs, especially the bladder, and this pressure might create the frequent urge to urinate.

How are fibroids diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Fozouni often diagnoses fibroids during a pelvic exam. Based on your examination and symptoms, she might suggest additional testing like an ultrasound or blood tests to rule out other conditions.

Treatment options vary for fibroids. In some cases, Dr. Fozouni might recommend watching the fibroids to see if they decrease in size on their own. She can also prescribe medications to reduce their size or ease your symptoms. For problematic fibroids, minimally invasive surgical procedures may be required.

To learn more about fibroid treatment, call Dr. Derakhsh Fozouni in Palm Springs, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

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