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Fibroids, or leiomyomas, are benign tumors of the muscle of the uterus that are stimulated by estrogen. Fibroids are fairly common, but not all of them cause issues that need to be addressed. There is a wide variety of fibroid types characterized by size and location.


We can definitely see fibroids on a pelvic ultrasound. If we plan on a myomectomy, or removing the fibroids, then we get a pelvic MRI to map the fibroid locations for removal.

Depending on the type of fibroid that you have, you may have any of the following symptoms:

  • Heavy periods

  • Pelvic pressure

  • Urinary frequency

  • Constipation

  • Painful sex

  • Pelvic pain

  • Recurrent miscarriages

  • Infertility

How do we treat fibroids? There are so many ways that we can address fibroids, and the best choice depends on the type of fibroid and fertility goals. Treatments can include:

  • Laparoscopic myomectomy

  • Hysteroscopic myomectomy

  • Hysterectomy

  • Uterine artery embolization

  • Radiofrequency ablation

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