Menstrual irregularities are one of the most common problems suffered by women, and they sometimes have causes that need to be treated medically. The doctors who will be best qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor
or your OB / GYN doctor. Leiomyomas are commonly known as "fibroids." They are essentially benign tumors of the muscular layer of the uterus, and they are very, very common. As many as half of all women over 40 will have fibroids. Except in very rare cases, they are benign and noncancerous. However, even though they are benign they often cause problems. For example, in addition to menstrual irregularities, they often cause heavy menstrual bleeding, which can cause anemia
and fatigue. They can also be a common cause of infertility. There are several treatment options for fibroids, including several medications as well as surgical options. These are generally reserved for people with more persistent symptoms as determined by your OB / GYN doctor. As always, the diagnosis and the management of your particular condition will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Scheduling an office visit with your primary care doctor or your OB / GYN doctor is highly recommended.