Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths and a very common condition that women frequently experience during their reproductive years.

Often a woman can have fibroids but be unaware of the condition because she isn’t experiencing any symptoms. However, for those who do experience uterine fibroid symptoms, the episodes can be unpleasant or even painful.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, long menstrual periods (7+ days of bleeding), pelvic pain/pressure, backaches, leg pains, frequent or difficult urination and constipation. It’s important for patients to schedule an appointment with their PGOMG provider if the pain does not go away, if there is spotting between periods, if there is pain during intercourse, if urination is difficult and/or if the woman’s abdomen becomes swollen.

Unfortunately, we’re not yet sure why women develop uterine fibroids, but some evidence points to hormones and genetic factors as a possible cause. Thankfully, there are viable treatment options available for women who experience uterine fibroid symptoms. Your doctor will advise as to which course of treatment is best for your individual situation since medications are a possibility, but your doctor may suggest a minimally invasive surgical option known as a myomectomy.

What is a Myomectomy?

A myomectomy is used to remove fibroids from a woman’s uterus. A myomectomy at PGOMG can be performed hysterscopically or laparscopically – both types of surgery keep fertility intact and the uterus healthy. A hysteroscopic myomectomy uses a small camera placed through a woman’s cervix to remove fibroids from within – no incisions are made and only a light anesthetic is used.

A laparoscopic (robotic) myomectomy involves a surgeon making small incisions on a woman’s abdomen and using surgical instruments to remove fibroids through the abdominal cavity where the uterus will also be repaired. A general anesthetic is used for a laparoscopic myomectomy.

No one should have to live with symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, especially when treatment options are available. We encourage patients to contact PGOMG and talk to your doctor about your symptoms.