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Boro Park OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Brooklyn, NY

At Boro Park OB/GYN, women from in and around Brooklyn, New York, can access a team of specialists who offer innovative treatment for uterine fibroids. According to the National Institutes of Health, most women develop fibroids before the age of 50, with African American women displaying the highest risk levels. Some women have no symptoms and require no treatment. For others, uterine fibroids can cause abnormal bleeding, significant pain, and decreased fertility. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.

Fibroids Q&A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are a benign type of tumor that grows in your uterus. These tumors contain the same type of smooth muscle fibers that make up your uterine walls, but these fibers are denser. Uterine fibroids are categorized according to their location within your uterus:

  • Subserosal fibroids are beneath the membrane on the exterior portion of your uterus.
  • Submucosal fibroids are beneath the interior lining of the inside of your uterus.
  • Intramural fibroids are within the muscle walls of your uterus.

Researchers believe there is a genetic component to uterine fibroids. Other possible causes include issues with growth factors, blood vessel abnormalities, and the way your body responds to injuries.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Many women with uterine fibroids never experience symptoms and don’t require treatment. For some, however, these symptoms cause discomfort and distress:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy, prolonged, or painful periods
  • Sensation of pressure on your bladder
  • Frequent or obstructed urination
  • Sensation of pressure in your rectum including painful defecation

Some women with uterine fibroids experience fertility challenges or difficult carrying a pregnancy to term.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

Uterine fibroids have multiple treatment paths. So, your doctor works with you to find the treatment path best aligned with your specific set of needs.

For some women, medications help relieve pain brought on by fibroids. Many women find relief from abnormal bleeding through hormones delivered via various birth control options. Other drugs can shrink the tumors, and are often used before surgical intervention.

One surgical approach is a combination of two procedures: hysteroscopy and dilation and curettage.

A hysteroscopy involves vaginally inserting a narrow instrument containing a light and camera, which displays a clear view of the interior portion of your uterus. Next, your doctor uses a surgical tool to carefully remove tissue from the lining of your uterus, including uterine fibroids. That process is known as dilation and curettage.

Boro Park OB/GYN has an on-site, elite surgical center so they can provide certain surgical procedures in-house. The gynecologists on staff at Boro Park are highly skilled in these procedures and have helped hundreds of women find relief from fibroids and other gynecologic issues.