Treatment of Fibroids

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According to Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist, uterine fibroids are growths that don’t necessarily lead to an increase in the risk of uterine cancer.  They typically appear during a woman’s childbearing years.

Although as many as 1 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives, most go undetected because they cause no visible symptoms.  In fact, they are often found accidentally during a pelvic exam or ultrasound.

Therapy and surgery can shrink or remove the uterine fibroids if a patient is suffering any discomfort from them.  But they typically don’t require any medical treatment.  In rare cases they can create sudden sharp pelvic pain or heavy menses and your Des Moines gynecologist may decide to administer emergency treatment.

The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding;
  • Pressure and/or pain in the pelvic area;
  • The need to urinate more often than normal;
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder and/or constipation;
  • Pain in the legs or back.

Tests and Diagnosis for Fibroids

Des Moines gynecologist Dr. Valone can detect the presence of uterine fibroids during a pelvic exam, often appearing as irregularities in the shape of a woman’s uterus.  An ultrasound can confirm the presence of the fibroids and their location and size.

If you’re experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, your Des Moines gynecologist may want to conduct additional tests to investigate any other potential causes. He may order a complete blood count (CBC) to determine if you have iron deficiency anemia because of chronic blood loss or to rule out bleeding disorders and to determine the levels of reproductive hormones produced by your ovaries.

Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

Although there’s not a single treatment that’s better than the rest, women with uterine fibroids do have options.  While your Des Moines gynecologist may decide simply to engage in watchful waiting, fibroids can also be treated with medications or surgeries including hysterectomy, myomectomy or ultrasound surgery.

We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; if you feel that you might have uterine fibroids, or just aren’t sure, call our office today at (515) 225-7201 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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