Fibroid Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
Over 25 Years of Experience Diagnosing and Treating Fibroids
Dr. Quist is a board-certified gynecologist with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating women for uterine fibroids. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and is a leader in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Call (817) 926-1313 to schedule an appointment at our gynecology office in Fort Worth, TX today!
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroids are solid growths within the uterus that are made of a different type of muscle tissue. They can grow in the middle of the uterine cavity, middle of the muscle or on the outer portion of the uterus. They tend to develop around a woman’s childbearing years, but can form at any time.
Fibroids can range in size from a few millimeters all the way up to the size of a watermelon.
Causes of Uterine Fibroids
Recent studies have shown that these factors can have an influence:
- Age. Most women who have fibroids are diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 55, but women can experience symptoms from fibroids before the age of 35.
- Race. Not only are African American women more likely to develop fibroids compared to other races, they also tend to develop fibroids at a younger age and have large, more symptomatic fibroids.
- Family history. Developing fibroids is genetic, so you’re at an increased risk if fibroids run in your family, especially if your mother or sister had fibroids.
- Lifestyle and environmental factors. Although there isn’t definitive evidence, having a balanced diet, limiting alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight have all shown to reduce the risk of developing fibroids.
Unfortunately, it is still unclear exactly what causes fibroid tumors to develop. Each woman may have a very different experience with fibroids – the tumors can grow at a different pace, the number of fibroid tumors can vary, and the location of the fibroids can be different from person to person.
Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids
Every case is different and some women may never experience symptoms, but there are a few common symptoms in women who have uterine fibroids.
- Excessive Menstrual Bleeding. The most common symptom for women with fibroid tumors is excessive bleeding while menstruating. Often times, the bleeding is prolonged, causing periods to last longer than normal. This can lead to soiling of clothing and may interfere with everyday activities.
- Pelvic Pain & Pressure. Women with fibroids in Fort Worth, Texas may feel pain in their lower abdomen. As fibroids grow larger, depending on their size and location, they may cause pain by putting pressure on other organs. In addition, it could cause swelling that is often mistaken as weight gain or pregnancy.
- Loss of Bladder Control. Fibroids can press against the bladder causing frequent urination and even loss of bladder control. Not only can this cause a great deal of pain, it can disrupt your everyday activities. In addition, fibroid growth can place pressure on the bowel, causing constipation and bloating.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Uterine Fibroids
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with fibroid specialist, Dr. Carolyn Quist. Fibroids can usually be found during a simple abdominal or pelvic exam. If Dr. Quist feels that you may have fibroids, an ultrasound or MRI may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Quist will recommend the best treatment options for you, which may include the surgical removal of your uterine fibroids.
Additional Uterine Fibroids FAQs
Answers from a Board-Certified Gynecologist
Dr. Carolyn Quist has provided this list of frequently asked questions about uterine fibroid symptoms and treatment to help patients better understand fibroids and their treatment options. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Quist, call (817) 926-1313 to schedule an appointment at our gynecology office in Fort Worth, TX today!
Who Is at Risk for Getting Fibroids?
In addition to having irregular hormone levels and a family history of fibroids, other factors that can influence a woman’s risk of developing fibroids are:
- Her age: Fibroids are most commonly diagnosed between age 30 and 40.
- Her weight: Obese individuals are more likely to suffer from fibroids. The more weight a woman carries, the greater her risk.
- Her ethnicity: African-American women encounter problems with uterine fibroids more than any other ethnic group.
- Her diet: More recent studies have shown that a high intake of red meat can negatively impact a woman’s likelihood to develop fibroid. In contrast, eating more leafy greens and fruit can have a positive effect on this particular risk factor.
What Are the Different Types of Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids can appear in various areas of the uterus, leading to different categorization based on the location of the patient’s tissue mass. There are 4 distinct types of fibroids, which include:
- Pedunculated fibroids: A fibroid that develops a supportive stem that forms at the base of the tumor.
- Subserosal fibroids: A type of uterine fibroid that grows along the outside of the uterus.
- Intramural fibroids: The most common kind of uterine fibroid, which appears within the uterine wall itself.
- Submucosal fibroids: Similar to the intramural fibroid type, these fibroids also develop within the uterine wall, though they more specifically exist within the submucosal layer of this muscular tissue.
How Does Dr. Quist Diagnose Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are often diagnosed during a woman’s routine gynecological examination, which she should be completing every single year as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Depending upon the particular location of the patient’s fibroid, Dr. Quist may need to conduct an ultrasound or pelvic MRI in order to definitively confirm or deny a case of uterine fibroids.
Request a Fibroids Consultation
Dr. Quist is a highly trained gynecologist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. She will take the time to fully evaluate your symptoms and answer any questions you may have. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn Quist, please call our gynecology office in Fort Worth, Texas today at (817) 926-1313.