Fibroids

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

As many as 80% of women develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50. Because fibroids can lead to pelvic pain and heavy bleeding, Miles Howard, MD, and the experienced team at Palm Valley Women’s Care provide expert fibroid care. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, you can book your fibroid evaluation by calling the clinic nearest you to schedule an appointment.

Fibroids Q & A

Why do I have fibroids?

Fibroids are small benign growths — rarely do they ever become cancerous — that develop within or on your uterine walls. Also known as fibromas or myomas, fibroids tend to run in families. Your risk of developing fibroids is also high due to:

  • Consuming lots of red meat and ham
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Being age 30 or over
  • Pregnancy  

Additionally, women of African-American descent tend to have a higher occurrence of uterine fibroids. 

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms. Some women are unaware that they have fibroids until they undergo an ultrasound or other screening for an unrelated issue. 

But sometimes fibroids develop on more sensitive areas and cause problems, or they grow quite large. In these cases, fibroids can lead to:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Increased urination frequency
  • Pelvic pain or severe menstrual cramps
  • Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding that may include clots

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, or if you’re noticing that your periods are getting longer, schedule an evaluation for fibroids at Palm Valley Women’s Care right away. 

How are fibroids treated?

Your dedicated OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care runs expanded testing and screenings, which may include an in-office ultrasound, to determine the severity of your fibroids. 

Depending on the size of your fibroids and the severity of your symptoms, your OB/GYN could recommend:

  • Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) medications
  • Low-dose birth control pills 
  • Progesterone-like injections
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)

If these conservative treatments aren’t effective for you, your OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care could recommend surgery. 

The expert practitioners specialize in minimally invasive fibroid surgery (myomectomy), including da Vinci® Surgical System robotic procedures, so you can expect relief from the most painful of fibroids, with little downtime afterward.

For more complex cases of fibroids, your OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care may recommend a hysterectomy or an endometrial ablation. But these procedures are reserved as an absolute last resort since you won’t be able to have children afterward. 

Before living another day with fibroid symptoms, see how the compassionate team at Palm Valley Women’s Care can help. Book your fibroid evaluation over the phone today.