Fibroid Center
Fibroid Center

Stanford Fibroid Center

Our multi-disciplinary team of Gynecologists, Radiologists and Interventional Radiologists provides comprehensive treatment for women with symptoms due to uterine fibroids.

In a single clinic visit, these specialists will obtain a medical history, perform a gynecologic exam, and review MR imaging of the pelvis. With this approach, our team will be able to discuss all treatment options, and help our patient arrive at the treatment choice that is best for her.

What are Fibroids?

Uterine leiomyomas are commonly known as fibroids. A fibroid is a non-cancerous tumor that arises from the muscle of the uterus; these tumors are made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue.

Fibroids are common tumors, present in 70% of women, and cause symptoms in 25% of reproductive age women. Fibroids commonly cause prolonged or excess uterine bleeding, with periods that may last longer than a week, and require frequent changes of sanitary pads. Fibroids can also cause pelvic pain due to their large size. Fibroids can also grow so large that they exert pressure on the bladder or rectum, causing frequent urination or constipation.

Diagnosis of fibroids is by a combination of physical examination and imaging of the pelvis. The number, size, location and vascularity of uterine fibroids can be fully characterized by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

There is a range of options for treatment of symptomatic fibroids.

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