If you have heavy periods, long-lasting periods, or extremely painful periods, uterine fibroids may be behind your issues. The Bella Women’s Care team can diagnose and treat this condition effectively so you can put fibroid frustrations behind you. Use the online scheduler or call one of the offices in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, to book an appointment now.
Fibroids, also called myomas, are benign growths within your uterus. A fibroid can be as tiny as a pea, as big as a grapefruit, or any size between. Sometimes, fibroids grow in small clusters.
In most cases, fibroids don’t cause symptoms. They may appear and go away without problems or interventions. But, if you’re an unlucky fibroid sufferer, you may experience:
Fibroids can also play a role in infertility because they can interfere with fertilization or disrupt embryo attachment.
Your Bella Women's Care provider may find fibroids during a regular checkup. If your provider suspects fibroids after a pelvic exam, and you're suffering from fibroid symptoms, you may need ultrasound and lab testing to confirm the fibroid diagnosis.
It depends on what kind of symptoms you have. If you don't have any fibroids symptoms, your practitioner may simply monitor the fibroids during your regular checkups to make sure they don't begin causing problems. Usually, symptomless fibroids go away on their own.
If you have symptoms like heavy bleeding and pain, your provider may prescribe hormones, usually in the form of oral contraceptives, to reduce or eliminate the issues. A hormone IUD, like oral contraceptives, can alleviate heavy bleeding and pain.
Another medication option is gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, drugs that prevent menstruation and often shrink fibroids. But, GnRH agonists are a temporary solution because you can take them only six months at a time and symptoms may return afterward.
If medication doesn't help, or if fibroids distort your uterus or cause problems like infertility, you may need a minimally invasive surgical procedure like a myomectomy.
The OB/GYNs at Bella Women's Care use the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System for robotically assisted fibroid removal that leaves your uterus fully intact. Your OB/GYN only makes a couple of tiny incisions during a da Vinci myomectomy, and this allows a much faster and more comfortable recovery than traditional surgery.
For fast fibroid help, schedule your appointment at Bella Women’s Care by phone or by using the online booking tool today.