Treatment Of Uterine Fibroids
Most uterine fibroids are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and shrink with menopause. But some fibroids are painful, press on other internal organs, bleed and cause anemia or pregnancy problems.
If you have a fibroid problem, there are several treatments to consider. Fibroids can be surgically removed, the blood supply to fibroids can be cut off, the entire uterus can be removed, or medicine can temporarily shrink fibroids. Your choice will depend on whether you have severe symptoms and whether you want to preserve your fertility.
If you have uterine fibroids but you have few or no symptoms, you don’t really need treatment. Instead, our doctor may recommend watchful waiting. This means that you will have regular pelvic exams to check on fibroid growth and symptoms.
If you are nearing menopause, watchful waiting may be an option for you, depending on how tolerable your symptoms are. After menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels will drop, which causes most fibroids to shrink and symptoms to subside.
For Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Or Pain
If you have pain or heavy menstrual bleeding, it may be from a bleeding uterine fibroid. But it may also be linked to a simple menstrual cycle problem or other problems. There are some medications that are used to relieve heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, or painful periods, but they do not shrink fibroids; we’d be happy to discuss that option with you.
Infertility And Pregnancy Problems
If you have fibroids, there is no way of knowing for certain whether they are affecting your fertility. Fibroids are the cause of infertility in only a small number of women. Many women with fibroids have no trouble getting pregnant.
Surgical fibroid removal is the only fibroid treatment that may improve your chances of having a baby. Because fibroids can grow again, it is best to try to become pregnant as soon as possible after the removal.
Severe Fibroid Symptoms
If you have fibroid-related pain, heavy bleeding, or a large fibroid that is pressing on other organs, you can consider shrinking the fibroid, removing the fibroid or removing the entire uterus.
If you are experiencing pain and think you may have uterine fibroids, call our Columbus ObGyn office today at (706) 507-6306 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.
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