Fibroids Specialist

Damon Cobb Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Poway, CA

An estimated 70-80% of women develop fibroids at some point during the course of their lifetime, yet many won’t even know it. However, if you experience pelvic pain and pressure, or painful sex, they could be signs of uterine fibroids. The experienced team of obstetricians and gynecologists at Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, expertly diagnoses and treats fibroids so you can get relief from painful symptoms. Book an appointment online or call the friendly office staff to make an appointment.

Fibroids Q & A

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop within the walls of your uterus (intramural), inside the uterine cavity (submucosal), or outside of your uterus (subserosal). Fibroids may be so small that you don’t even know you have them, but they can also grow rather large and cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Fibroids are also called myomas and leiomyomas.

Fibroids aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never become cancer. They can range in size from a seedling to a bulky mass that rivals the size of a grapefruit. In rare cases, uterine fibroids can expand the uterus until it reaches your rib cage, but that’s highly unlikely for most women.

How do I know if I have fibroids?

You may not be aware that you have fibroids if they’re small enough, but if you have a large number of uterine fibroids, or they’re in a location that causes problems, your symptoms can include:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Lower back pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Heavy periods
  • Periods that last more than a week
  • Painful sex
  • Complications during pregnancy and labor

It’s rare that uterine fibroids lead to infertility problems, and the smaller ones often resolve on their own without treatment.

How are fibroids treated?

If you do require treatment for fibroids because of the severity of your symptoms, their location, or both, medications or surgical procedures may help. The team at Damon Cobb OB/GYN specializes in the latest treatment technology and minimally invasive techniques to remove fibroids if you have moderate-to-severe symptoms.

When medications to relieve painful symptoms and heavy periods aren’t enough, other potential treatments include:

  • Myomectomy to remove fibroids while leaving the uterus intact
  • Endometrial ablation to remove the lining of the uterus and control heavy bleeding
  • Myolysis to freeze fibroids laparoscopically
  • Hysterectomy to remove the uterus completely
  • Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to block blood supply to the fibroid so it shrinks

Radiofrequency ablation and anti-hormonal drugs may also help provide relief from symptoms without harming healthy uterine tissue.

When pelvic pain and heavy periods disrupt your life, it could be a sign of fibroids. For the latest treatment options in a caring, compassionate environment, schedule an exam with Damon Cobb OB/GYN online today, or call the office.