Fibroids, which affect women in their childbearing years, can cause severe vaginal bleeding and pain. If you suffer from fibroids, Stephen Ehiremen, MD, and his team at TriState OBGYN PC in Memphis, Tennessee, can give you proven and effective relief. To get started on treatment, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths made of muscle tissue from the uterus. They are sometimes called myomas or leiomyomas. Fibroids can appear in different locations on, in, and around the uterus.
While there is no known cause of fibroids, researchers know that hormone levels and genetics are involved. Fibroids occur most commonly in women between the ages of 30-40.
Symptoms of fibroids include:
If you experience these symptoms and are at an elevated risk for fibroids, Dr. Ehiremen will perform a physical exam as well as various tests to get a diagnosis.
Dr. Ehiremen will first perform a pelvic exam to check for any abnormalities in your pelvis. If he can feel areas of tenderness or swelling, he will perform a diagnostic ultrasound in the office. The ultrasound will help him see if there are abnormal growths in your pelvis, which may indicate fibroids. Other imaging, such as hysterosalpingography or sonohysterography, may also be performed to obtain more images before performing more invasive testing.
Based on the findings, Dr. Ehiremen may perform a hysteroscopy or laparoscopy to see the inside or outside of your uterus. These procedures involve inserting a tiny camera through your vagina and cervix into your uterus, or through incisions in your abdominal wall to your pelvic cavity.
Once Dr. Ehiremen has performed all the tests he needs, he will be able to identify the location and size of your fibroids and determine the best course of treatment.
In some cases, small fibroids that aren’t causing discomfort won’t need treatment. However, if you’re experiencing pain or severe bleeding, Dr. Ehiremen will discuss treatment options with you.
Hormonal medications, including birth control pills and gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists, can reduce abnormal menstrual bleeding and slow the growth of fibroids. And over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can be used to relieve mild pain.
If the treatments mentioned above aren’t effective, Dr. Ehiremen may recommend surgery, such as a myomectomy, hysterectomy or endometrial ablation. He may also recommend alternative treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation and anti-hormonal medications.
To get caring and compassionate treatment for your fibroids, book an appoint with TriState OBGYN PC online or over the phone today.