Gynecology

Uterine Fibroid Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Uterine Fibroids, which are abnormal growths in a woman’s uterus, affects 70 to 80 percent* of women in their lifetime. These tumors can cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods.

Factors That Can Increase your Chance of Getting Fibroids

There are many factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids, including:

  • Genetics – A family history of uterine fibroids increases your chance of getting fibroids.
  • Age – Women ages 30 and up are more prone to developing fibroids. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink on their own.
  • Hormonal Imbalance – An abnormal amount of estrogen and progesterone might cause the growth of fibroids. During pregnancy, women produce more estrogen and progesterone, making pregnancy another cause of uterine fibroids.
  • Diet – A diet that is high in red meat and ham has been proven to increase your chance of getting uterine fibroids. However, eating a lot of green vegetables can decrease your chance of developing fibroids.

Uterine Fibroids Symptoms

Most fibroids don’t cause any symptoms, so it’s hard for most women to tell whether they have fibroids. When symptoms do present themselves, they often include heavy bleeding, frequent urination, painful intercourse, lower back pain and a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen. If you experience these symptoms, a specialist at Atlanta Women's Obstetrics & Gynecology may perform an ultrasound, MRI or X-ray to properly diagnose the condition.

Treating Uterine Fibroids

For women who do develop fibroids, doctors might recommend the following treatment options:

Medications

Low-dose birth controls can help stop fibroids from growing. They can also control heavy bleeding. If pain is the only symptom, over-the-counter pain medicine will help.

Surgery

If your fibroids cause moderate to severe symptoms, surgery might be the most effective form of treatment. Different procedures for uterine fibroids include:

  • Myomectomy – Surgery to remove uterine fibroids without taking out healthy tissue.
  • Hysterectomy – Surgical removal of the uterus.
  • Endometrial Ablation – Doctors remove the lining of the uterus to control heavy bleeding caused by fibroids.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you suffering from fibroids? Contact Atlanta Women's Obstetrics & Gynecology for information on uterine fibroids or schedule a consultation in Atlanta today by calling (404)352-3616.