Fibroid Treatmentin Mt. Pleasant, SC
Fibroids can affect women in their early 20’s through their late 40’s. Many women with uterine fibroids have no outward signs or symptoms that would be cause for alarm. There are many different fibroid treatment options. If you are experiencing any symptoms, talk with one of our OB/GYNs about your various options for fibroid treatment.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous lumps that grow on your uterus. You do not need to treat them unless they are causing you problems. If you are experiencing symptoms, they may include:
- Frequent Urination
- Heavy, Painful Periods
- Discomfort or Swelling in the Lower Abdomen
- Leg Pain
- Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Although it is unknown what exactly causes fibroids, the female hormones estrogen and progesterone appear to increase their growth. During your reproductive years, your body produces the highest levels of these hormones. During menopause, your body makes less of these hormones and symptoms are subsequently reduced.
Medications for Fibroids
Different medications for fibroids target the specific hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle, helping to treat painful symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding. Although medications don’t eliminate fibroids, they may help to shrink them.
Medications for fibroids include:
- Gn-RH agonists, such as Synarel and Lupron, treat fibroids by inhibiting the production of estrogen and progesterone. Gn-RH agonists cause menstruation to stop, putting you into a temporary postmenopausal state and shrinking fibroids. A Gn-RH agonist may be used to shrink your fibroids before a planned surgery.
- A progestin-releasing IUD can reduce the heavy bleeding that accompanies fibroids by releasing a small amount of hormone into the uterine cavity. Although an IUD provides symptom relief, it does not shrink fibroids or cause them to disappear.
- Women with fibroids are frequently prescribed contraceptive pills or hormonal medications to try to minimize bleeding while regulating the menstrual cycle. We may also recommend that you take vitamins with iron if you have heavy menstrual bleeding and/or anemia.
There are a variety of other methods of fibroid treatment, including myomectomy and hysterectomy. We can discuss all of your options for treatment in order to provide you with relief from fibroids. Contact us today to learn more!
You can trust our OB/GYN providers to provide you with ob-gyn services to support your health throughout your lifetime. Contact us for compassionate and effective fibroid treatment in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and surrounding areas.