Fibroids Specialist in Englewood and Hackensack, NJ
Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, but women who experience the symptoms of fibroids can find them intolerable. Dr. Yitzhack Asulin at Contemporary Women’s Health in Englewood and Hackensack, New Jersey, offers treatment for fibroids, including surgical removal, or a myomectomy. If you’re suffering from heavy bleeding and painful periods, call (201) 308-5591 or request an appointment online today.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that develop in or around the muscular tissue of a woman’s uterus. These tumors can vary in size, shape, and location. Fibroids can range in size from a barely visible dot to a bulky mass larger than a grapefruit that can stretch your uterus and make you appear pregnant.
Fibroids can grow on the inner or outer surface of your uterus, embedded within the of the uterus, or attached to the uterus by a stalk. You can have one fibroid or many at the same time.
What Causes fibroids?
No one knows the exact cause of fibroids, but researchers believe hormones and genetics play a role. They tend to grow during pregnancy, when women’s levels of estrogen and progesterone are high, and shrink when anti-hormone medications are used. Once menopause is reached, fibroids stop growing or shrink. Any woman can develop fibroids, but certain factors are correlated to an increased risk. For example, overweight or African American women see an increased risk compared to others.
How are Fibroids Diagnosed?
The diagnostic process for uterine fibroids involves Dr. Asulin gathering information about your medical history and a pelvic exam. Most uterine fibroids are discovered incidentally during a routine pelvic exam.
To make an accurate diagnosis and measure your uterine fibroids, Dr. Asulin may order an ultrasound or MRI. He may also take a complete blood count to test for anemia.
How Are Fibroids Treated?
Many women, especially African-American women, have fibroid or uterine tumors at some point in their lives. A majority of them form and recede on their own. Once a gynecologist uncovers fibroids, they will normally take a ‘watch and wait’ approach. Unless fibroids cause symptoms or become large, they can usually be left alone and will often recede in menopause. Medications can be used to suppress the hormones and other elements that cause the fibroids to form. Intrauterine devices that release progestin are also beneficial in helping to control fibroids. If the fibroids continue to grow, they can actually distort the uterus and prevent a New Jersey woman from becoming pregnant. Robotic and Laparoscopic surgeries can be used to remove larger fibroids that may be causing pain and discomfort. If surgery is needed you can be rest assured you are in good hands with an expert as Dr. Asulin is recognized as a Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.