Treatment for Uterine Fibroids in Bend, Oregon
While uterine fibroids are common, they often cause no symptoms and can go undetected. In other cases fibroids can grow to be large, causing significant symptoms and even result in miscarriages. Our board-certified gynecologists provides women treatment that best fits their lifestyle at our office in Bend, Oregon. Through the use of medication, or minimally-invasive procedures, our physicians are able to shrink or remove symptomatic fibroids. Contact High Lakes Health Care today and find out which treatment option is best for you.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that occur inside or on the uterus and are the most common type of female reproductive system tumor. Composed of muscle and connective tissue, fibroids can be located inside the uterus, in or on the wall of the uterus, or just outside the uterus and attached by a “stem.”
Estimates say anywhere from 30% to 77% of women will develop one or more fibroids during their childbearing years, but most fibroids will be too small to initiate symptoms or be diagnosed.
The cause of fibroid development is unknown, but family history of fibroids and hormonal fluctuations seem to play significant roles. Uterine fibroids can range in size from about the size of a pellet to the size of a softball.
Common Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Some very small fibroids may cause no symptoms at all in women, but when symptoms occur, they can include:
- Cramping that is painful during periods
- Periods that are very heavy and longer, or spotting between periods
- The urge to urinate more frequently
- Pain when having intercourse
- Pressure in the lower belly or pelvic region
- Pain in the lower back region
Are fibroids a type of cancer or pre-cancerous?
Very Rare. Less than 1% of uterine fibroids are cancerous.
Risk Factors of Fibroids
Some specific types of patients may be at higher risk for developing uterine fibroids than others. One of the factors is ethnicity as the lifetime risk (cumulative incidence) of fibroids varies among ethnic groups. Black women in particular have a lifetime cumulative incidence of developing fibroids at approximately 80%. This means that at some point from birth to death a black women have an 80% chance of having fibroids. For Caucasian women, that cumulative incidence number falls to around 60-70% while for Asian woman it’s even lower.
How are Fibroids Diagnosed?
Diagnosis begins with a review of a woman’s symptoms and medical history, followed by a pelvic exam. Other techniques used to confirm a diagnosis can include X-rays, transvaginal ultrasound, an MRI, and hysteroscopy, which utilizes a flexible instrument called a hysteroscope to see inside the uterus.
If I have Fibroids Can I Still Get Pregnant?
Many women with fibroids can still become pregnant and carry a baby to term. However, if the fibroids begin growing during pregnancy or are large, they can cause complications. To help prevent complications, women with a history of uterine fibroids will need to be evaluated regularly during pregnancy.
If you feel like you may have uterine fibroids contact High Lakes Health Care today at (541) 389-7741.