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30% of women of childbearing age have fibroids

Although commonly diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40’s, this condition can occur at any age. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly. Women with fibroids typically experience pelvic pain and excessive bleeding. But USF Health is able to offer effective pain relief options to women.

Our gynecology experts and reproductive surgeons who specialize in fibroids and their treatment will provide you with customized care and the best treatment options available for uterine fibroids, including minimally invasive surgical techniques as alternatives to hysterectomy.

Although fibroids may not cause any symptoms, people with fibroids often experience the following:
  • Changes in menstruation (longer, more frequent, very heavy, very painful, irregular)
  • Anemia caused by blood loss
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or during intercourse
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen
  • Pressure
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen
Infertility
 fibroids that do not cause symptoms, are small, or occur in women close to menopause often do not need to be treated.

The following are treatment options we offer for uterine fibroids:
  • Medications: Birth control pills, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) and progestin releasing intrauterine device. 
  • Surgery:
- If you are interested in future fertility, the best option might be a myomectomy (removal of fibroid through the vagina/cervix with a hysteroscope or through the abdomen using laparoscopy, da Vinci robot or openly like C-section surgery).

- If you have no interest in future fertility there are several options, including:
  • Hysterectomy: Removal of the entire uterus with the fibroidods 
  • Endometrial ablation: Destroys the lining of the uterus
  • Uterine artery embolization (UAE): Cuts off blood supply to the fibroid and causes it to shrink 
  • MRI-guided ultrasound (New)