Fibroids are a tumor, or over growth, of uterine muscle, often with the consistency of a rubber ball.
Fibroids can be big or small. They can be in the lining of the uterus, in the uterine muscle or hanging on a stock. Some women never have any fibroids. Other women have anywhere from one to well over 20. A small fibroid in the lining of the uterus can cause pain, heavy bleeding and difficulty getting pregnant while a fibroid the size of a baseball or even a grapefruit might not cause any problems at all. Often large fibroids cause pelvic pressure and many women with a large mass of fibroid tissue have to run to the restroom frequently because the fibroid is pressing on the bladder. The largest uterus Dr. Schapiro has removed weighed 11 pounds! She is skilled in both traditional and robotic hysterectomies and myomectomies. You can see her videos on YouTube.
Sometimes fibroids don't require any treatment at all. Sometimes the symptoms can be alleviated with medication. Other treatments for fibroids that Dr. Schapiro offers include myomectomy, endometrial ablation or even a hysterectomy. Talk to one of us about what might be best for you.