Uterine Fibroids Treatment Questions and Answers
At Dr. Richard Beyerlein in Eugene, OR, we would be pleased to see you, evaluate your symptoms, and discuss treatment options. We have provided some answers to commonly asked questions about uterine fibroids below. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
Uterine fibroids can range from harmless and unnoticeable to problematic and difficult to manage. With that in mind, if you are concerned about uterine fibroids, it is probably in your best interest to visit your doctor or an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN).
What happens if fibroids go untreated?
Small fibroids that do not cause any symptoms, known as asymptomatic fibroids, do not usually require any treatment. However, large fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms, and if left untreated, they can continue to grow in both size and number, causing worsening symptoms and pain. In addition to worsening symptoms, untreated fibroids can also cause bladder incontinence and increase one’s risk of infertility. As such, if you have uterine fibroids that are causing you significant pain or adverse symptoms, you should have them treated to avoid further complications.
If you are unsure what to look for when it comes to symptomatic uterine fibroids, the following is a list of symptoms that often occur with them:
- Anemia, or low red blood cell count
- Lower back or leg pain
- Bleeding between period cycles
- Chronic vaginal discharge
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- Distended or enlarged abdomen
- Frequent urination
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual cycles that last longer than one week
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic region
- Pain during sexual intercourse
What is the treatment for uterine fibroids?
While a hysterectomy is the only certain cure for uterine fibroids, which is the surgical removal of the uterus, there are many other less invasive treatment options for uterine fibroids that have proven highly effective. At Dr. Richard Beyerlein, MD, we provide both abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies in cases where such treatment options are preferred or necessary.
Some alternative treatment options to a hysterectomy for uterine fibroids include the following:
- Endometrial ablation
- Hormone therapy
- Hysteroscopic myomectomy
- Laparoscopic myomectomy
In addition to the treatment options listed above, we may also have other options available to treat uterine fibroids at Dr. Richard Beyerlein, MD. For more information about these or other treatment options, please feel free to give us a call!
Can fibroids cause you to gain weight?
While smaller fibroids are not likely to cause any significant increase in your weight, larger fibroids are known to do so. Larger fibroids can grow to be as much as 20 to 40 pounds. As a result, they can significantly increase a person’s weight. In many cases, larger fibroids can also cause swelling and bloating in the abdomen, which can make one appear to be pregnant.
Do uterine fibroids go away?
Small uterine fibroids, which account for the majority of uterine fibroids, often go away on their own without treatment. With that being said, small uterine fibroids often do not cause symptoms. As such, if you are experiencing significant symptoms from uterine fibroids, there is a likely chance that you are experiencing larger uterine fibroids, which are much less likely to go away on their own. In such situations, seeking treatment is highly recommended.
If you are concerned about uterine fibroids and wish to schedule an appointment with our obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN), Dr. Beyerlein, please feel free to do so on our website or by calling us! You can find Dr. Richard Beyerlein, MD, at 10 Coburg Road, Suite 100, in Eugene, Oregon.
We serve patients from Eugene OR, Springfield OR, Coburg OR, Creswell OR, Cottage Grove OR, Lowell OR, and Junction City, OR.
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