Uterine fibroids are typically noncancerous and very often don't cause any problems at all. However, if your fibroids are painful or affecting your fertility, Lillian Schapiro, MD, Tiffany Morgan, WHNP, Clara Jones, FNP, and Kathryn Garren Inan, WHNP, at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, provide treatments that can help. They use conservative measures and minimally invasive procedures such as uterine artery embolization (UAE) to treat troublesome fibroids. Call the Atlanta, Georgia office of Ideal Gynecology, LLC, to schedule a consultation or use the online form to book an appointment.
Fibroids are most often benign (noncancerous) tumors or an overgrowth of uterine muscle. They often have the texture of a rubber ball.
Fibroids may be large or small and can develop in the lining of your uterus, in your uterine muscle, or hang from a thread of tissue called a stock. Some women don't develop any fibroids, while others can have up to 20 or more.
A small fibroid in your uterine lining might cause irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and problems conceiving, while a baseball-sized fibroid might not cause any symptoms at all. Large fibroids sometimes cause pelvic pressure that can press on your bladder, meaning you have to make frequent trips to the restroom.
When you visit Ideal Gynecology, LLC, your provider starts by discussing your symptoms, which could include:
You also have a physical exam. While your provider can often feel fibroids, you still need an ultrasound to see where and how many there are. Once you find out for sure about your fibroids, your provider at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, can discuss your treatment options.
There are several fibroid treatment options available. The one that's best for you depends on where you are in your life, for example:
Your provider tailors your plan to match your life and your concerns.
Sometimes, fibroids don't need any treatment – if they're not causing any problems there's often no harm in leaving them and just having regular checkups. However, large fibroids may not cause problems but can be cancerous or block the uterus and need to be treated. Sometimes medication can relieve your symptoms.
If you need to have your fibroids taken out, your gynecologist might be able to remove them without making any incisions. The hysteroscopic myomectomy procedure uses a MyoSure® device that fits through your cervix, enabling your provider to access any fibroids that are inside your uterine cavity.
If you're experiencing symptoms that could be due to fibroids, call Ideal Gynecology, LLC, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.