Chetanna Okasi, MD
OB/GYN located in Columbia, MD & Greenbelt, MD
Fibroids are noncancerous growth tissues with the uterine wall. Women with fibroids may not show any symptoms, which makes them difficult to detect early. They’re are often discovered during gynecological examinations, and while the prospect of growths within the uterus is scary, remember to remain calm. Dr. Chetanna Okasi of Women’s Wellness MD, helps women from Columbia, Maryland and the surrounding areas, diagnose and treat their uterine fibroids.
Uterine Fibroids Q & A
What Causes Fibroids?
Fibroids are growths in the soft tissue within the uterine wall. While the presence of fibroids is common, the direct cause of growth hasn’t been discovered yet. What’s known is that fibroids are more likely to appear in overweight women, but no direct link has been made between fibroids and obesity.
How are Fibroids Diagnosed?
Diagnosing fibroids can be difficult if you’re not experiencing symptoms. Routine gynecological exams sometimes result in the discovery of fibroids. Further, fibroids may make the uterus feel larger or oddly shaped. If Dr. Okasi believes you have fibroids, she may conduct examinations using the many imaging devices at her disposal. Such devices include:
- Ultrasound (sound-based imaging)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What are the Symptoms of Fibroids?
Often times women experience no symptoms. If you’re experiencing no symptoms, treatment may not be necessary as the fibroids don’t interfere with normal function or cause abnormal symptoms.
When fibroids do give off symptoms, they can vary. Women with fibroids may experience pain during sex, lower back pains, heavy periods, or feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen. The most serious of symptoms related to fibroids are related to the reproductive system since in some cases, fibroids can interfere with birth, leading to miscarriage, early labor, or even infertility.
How are Fibroids Treated?
Fibroids that don’t cause any symptoms may require no treatment and should be left alone. If you’re suffering from symptoms of uterine fibroids, then there are a few treatment options available. Common forms of treatment include pain medication or hormone therapy, such as birth control. Pain medication helps alleviate mild pains associated with fibroids, while hormone therapy controls heavy bleeding caused by fibroids.
For some women, shrinking or removing the fibroids may be an option. Consult Dr. Okasi to determine the best possible treatment for you.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Dr. Chetanna Okasi and Women's Wellness MD accepts most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.