Fibroids

Louisiana Women's Healthcare -  - OB/GYN

Louisiana Women's Healthcare

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Baton Rouge, LA

Most American women experience fibroids by the age of 50. Fibroids usually don’t cause significant complications, but if you experience side effects like heavy bleeding or pain, you should make an appointment at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare. Their gynecology and OB/GYN experts use proven methods such as medication to reduce symptoms and surgery to remove fibroids. If you’re looking for a women’s healthcare provider to treat your fibroids in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, call or click the “book now” button to make an appointment.

Fibroids Q & A

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What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that appear in the uterus, ranging from microscopic to several times larger than the uterus itself. Genetic changes in the cells, hormone fluctuations, and growth factors seem to influence fibroid development.

Some fibroids cause noticeable symptoms such as:

  • Heavy or extended menstrual periods
  • Pelvic or low back pain
  • Urinary difficulties
  • Constipation

 

What Problems Do Uterine Fibroids Cause?

Uterine fibroids are typically not dangerous, but they may cause disruptive side effects. The discomfort and heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids may hinder you from enjoying your favorite activities. The heavy bleeding also puts you at risk for anemia.

Fibroids generally don’t affect fertility or pregnancy unless they’re enlarged or in an unusual position. Some fibroids may put you at a higher risk for placental abruption or preterm delivery.

How are Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?

The diagnostic process for uterine fibroids involves gathering information about your medical history and a pelvic exam. Most uterine fibroids are discovered incidentally during routine pelvic exams.

To make an accurate diagnosis and measure your uterine fibroids, your physician may order an ultrasound or MRI. He or she may also take a complete blood count to test for anemia.

What Treatments are Available for Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids usually don’t require any intervention, so your doctor may take a wait-and-see approach if the side effects don’t bother you. Otherwise, your doctor can help reduce symptoms with medication or remove the fibroids with non-invasive procedures or surgery.

  • Medication: Hormone medications may help regulate your hormone levels and reduce menstrual bleeding. Medications like gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists may shrink the fibroids in the process.
  • Non-Invasive Procedures: Your surgeon may be able to remove your fibroids without making an incision. They can use ultrasound, injections, radiofrequency, lasers, and cryolysis to destroy fibroids.
  • Surgery: Your surgeon can also perform a myomectomy (fibroid removal) using minimally-invasive procedures or traditional surgery. Endometrial ablation and hysterectomy present even more options for women who don’t want more children.

 

To learn more about fibroid treatment options, contact Louisiana Women’s Healthcare over the phone or using the online scheduling system.

What we offer

Obstetric & Gynecological Services