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Everything you wanted to know about uterine fibroids but were afraid to ask

by | September 22nd, 2015

Dr. Mathews wants women to know more about uterine fibroids

Uterine Fibroids There is some misinformation out there about uterine fibroids, so Dr. J. Kyle Mathews would like to provide women with the correct information. First of all, uterine fibroids are not cancerous, nor do they increase a woman’s risk for developing uterine cancer. Instead, these non-malignant growths actually grow and develop directly from the myometrium, or the muscle tissue of the uterus.

Uterine fibroids are very common; however, many women do not have symptoms or problems associated with their fibroids, and the growths go away in a year or two. For other women, uterine fibroids create problems that are best addressed by an experienced physician. Dr. Mathews has treated many women with these issues at his North Dallas urogynecology office.

If you have uterine fibroids, you may experience an array of symptoms

Women with uterine fibroids may have one or more of the following signs:

  • Changes in their periods—heavier bleeding, longer cycles lasting a week or more, irregular spotting or more severe cramps
  • Pain—pelvic pain or pressure, pain in the legs, back or abdomen, or pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary problems—frequent urination or having difficulty urinating
  • Bowel problems—difficulty having bowel movements, constipation or rectal pain
  • Noticeably enlarged abdomen

Uterine fibroids can also cause complications such as infertility and miscarriages.

We don’t know what causes uterine fibroids, but there are a few known risk factors

Researchers are still not certain what causes uterine fibroids, but they have identified some things that put a woman at an increased risk:

  • Age—being in the child-bearing years
  • Race—black women are more prone to fibroids than women of other races
  • Family history—having a mother or sister who has uterine fibroids
  • Early onset of menstruation

Dr. Mathews has the necessary expertise to both diagnose and treat uterine fibroids at his North Dallas urogynecology office.

If you are experiencing symptoms and/or if you feel you have a higher risk for developing fibroids, you can rely on Dr. Mathews. He is a highly trained urogynecologist who offers women the most up-to-date medical and radiologic treatments for uterine fibroids, as well as surgical treatments for uterine fibroids. Many of these treatments are conveniently available in his North Dallas urogynecology office. Contact us for an appointment.

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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