Fibroids Specialist

Doctors of Women Healthcare Center -  - OB/GYN

Doctors of Women Healthcare Center

OB/GYNs located in Irvine, CA

If you have painful or heavy menstrual periods or suffer from infertility, you may have uterine fibroids. Fibroids are common, benign growths on the uterus that can be resolved medically or surgically. The physicians at Doctors of Women in Irvine, California, have helped hundreds of women in the Orange County area treat and remove uterine fibroids. If you’d like to get to the root of your menstrual discomfort or infertility, call or book a consultation online today.

Fibroids Q & A

Doctors of Women Healthcare Center

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are benign tumors that can grow on the uterus. They originate in the uterine wall and can appear either on the inside or outside the uterus.

Fibroids can be microscopic or grow to the size of a grapefruit. They may shrink or grow over time, often in conjunction with your hormonal fluctuations.

What causes fibroids?

The cause of fibroids remains unknown, but genetic factors, hormonal fluctuations, and other growth factors may be involved.

Fibroids affect a majority of women during their childbearing years. Approximately 60% of women in the United States will have fibroids by age 50. If you have a family history of fibroids or are of African descent, you may be at an increased risk for uterine fibroids. Other risk factors include obesity and experiencing your first menstrual period before the age of 13.

How can I tell if I have fibroids?

Many women who have fibroids never develop symptoms, some even conceive and deliver healthy children. However, many fibroids cause discomfort or pain.

Common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy periods
  • Painful periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Lower back or leg pain
  • Trouble getting pregnant
  • Difficult pregnancy or labor

If you suspect that your menstrual irregularities, discomfort, or fertility issues are being caused by fibroids, a simple ultrasound can verify their presence.

How are fibroids treated?

There are a number of strategies your gynecologist can implement to help shrink fibroids or manage symptoms, including:

  • Lupron and other Gn-RH inhibitors
  • An IUD that releases the hormone progestin
  • Oral contraceptives or other hormone therapies
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain

There are also surgical techniques, such as:

  • Focused ultrasound surgery: uses ultrasound to heat and destroy fibroid tissue
  • Uterine artery embolization: small particles injected into uterine arteries to “starve” the fibroids
  • Myolysis and cryomyolysis: uses heat or cold to shrink fibroids or constrict their blood supply
  • Endometrial ablation: uses heat to reduce or stop menstrual flow
  • Myomectomy: surgical removal of fibroids via laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or laparotomy

If you are experiencing the symptoms of uterine fibroids, the specialists at Doctors of Women can help. From diagnosis to treatment, they have solutions to help you manage or treat fibroids.

Call today or use the online form to set up a consultation.