If you experience heavy uterine bleeding or pelvic pain that doesn’t subside, fibroids might be the cause. To find out, see James A. Watson, MD, and his experienced OB/GYN team in Gilroy, California, for an evaluation. They can diagnose fibroids and provide treatments that offer you symptom relief. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson over the phone or online today.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus. They aren’t associated with a higher risk of uterine cancer but can cause unpleasant symptoms. Dr. Watson can detect fibroids during a gynecological exam or on-site ultrasound, and he offers treatment to tame your symptoms.
Fibroids can cause the following signs or symptoms:
These symptoms can indicate other gynecological problems, too, adding to the importance of seeing Dr. Watson for an evaluation. Complications associated with uterine fibroids may include anemia, pregnancy loss, and infertility.
Fibroids are often associated with genetic or hormone changes. Other risk factors include being African American, having a family history of fibroids, early onset of menstruation, vitamin D deficiency, and obesity. Drinking beer and eating a diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in red meat can also contribute to fibroid development.
Dr. Watson can diagnose fibroids by reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms. He completes a comprehensive physical exam, including a pelvic exam. He might use ultrasound, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures — or insert a tiny lighted telescope (hysteroscope) into your uterus during a hysteroscopy.
Your personalized fibroid treatment plan is based on the severity of your condition, symptoms, preferences, and whether you’d like to have children in the future. Dr. Watson might recommend:
Fibroids don’t always require treatment, especially if they’re small and produce no symptoms, or mild symptoms you can live with. If this is the case for you, Dr. Watson might recommend watchful waiting.
Taking certain medications can shrink your fibroids or reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with them.
During MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), Dr. Watson uses high-energy ultrasound to heat and destroy fibroid tissue.
Minimally invasive gynecological procedures, such as endometrial ablation, cutting off fibroid blood flow, and surgically removing fibroids, can offer you symptom relief.
Don’t let fibroids go undetected and untreated if they’re producing debilitating symptoms. Schedule an appointment with James A. Watson, MD, over the phone or online today.