Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) growths in the wall of the uterus. As many as two out of three women in the United States develop uterine fibroids by age 50.
When fibroids grow large enough, they can cause discomfort or other symptoms. While very few fibroids ever become cancerous, sometimes symptoms develop that need treatment.
We'll help you choose the best treatment option for you.
Uterine Fibroid Clinic Overview
The UVA Uterine Fibroid Treatment Center combines the expertise of radiologists and gynecologists. We work with you to find the best treatment plan for your individual symptoms and goals. View Uterine Fibroid Center transcript
Monitor Your Symptoms
While most women don't have symptoms, some experience cramping, pain, constipation, bloating, excessive bleeding and fertility issues due to fibroids.
Your best option may be to wait and see how your condition progresses, especially for:
- Women with mild symptoms
- Those near menopause
- Women who plan to have children
During this time, we monitor the size and growth rate of fibroids. Lifestyle or dietary changes may help reduce symptoms. If symptoms continue, treatment may be the answer.
Focused Ultrasound for Fibroids
Gloria wanted the constant bleeding to stop. But she didn't want an invasive treatment, either. Focused ultrasound turned out to be the right solution for her.