Fibroids Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

According to researchers, as many as 30-77% of women develop fibroids at some point in their reproductive years. Many cases go undetected, which is why it’s important to schedule regular well-woman exams. Dr. Wilkens Mondesir provides comprehensive gynecological examinations to women from in and around Greenacres, Florida. To schedule your next appointment, use the online scheduling tool or call the office today.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are small tumors that develop in the tissues of your uterus. Researchers believe that fibroids develop when a muscle cell begins to multiply at an abnormal and excessive rate. Estrogen is thought to speed that process.

Fibroids are most common in women nearing menopause, due to higher levels of estrogen. Obese women and those of African-American descent are also at a higher risk. Researchers believe that women who’ve had multiple children have a lower risk of developing fibroids, but it is unclear whether pregnancy lowers your risk, or if fibroids lower your chances of conceiving.  

Uterine fibroids are also called leiomyomas, uterine myomas, or sometimes fibromas. The vast majority of uterine fibroids are benign, meaning they are not cancerous. Even benign fibroids, however, can cause pain and other pelvic issues, and should be treated or monitored.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Fibroids do not always cause symptoms, so it’s important to schedule routine appointments with your gynecologist. Dr. Mondesir can detect the presence of fibroids through a pelvic exam.

When symptoms are present, these include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Prolonged or heavy periods
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain in your lower back
  • Painful intercourse
  • A firm mass in the middle portion of your pelvis

No two women will have the same set of symptoms with fibroids. The best approach is to know your body well and make an appointment if there are changes in your menstrual cycle or pelvic area.

What are some treatment options for fibroids?

Treatment depends on the severity of your condition and your overall health. Your plans for adding to your family are also relevant, as some treatment options will impact your fertility.

Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain
  • Uterine artery embolization to stop blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink
  • Anti-hormonal agents that block estrogen or progesterone, slowing the growth of fibroids
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (agents) that trigger a “false” menopause
  • Conservative surgery to remove fibroids, leaving your uterus intact
  • Hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of your uterus

If you are experiencing symptoms of fibroids, or if you are due for a pelvic exam, contact Dr. Mondesir to schedule an appointment.