Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Uterine fibroids are very common, with almost three-quarters of women having them by the time of menopause. If you suspect you have one of these growths, Lauren Rubal, MD, diagnoses and addresses your condition. If the fibroids are causing heavy, painful periods, she recommends the appropriate medical or surgical interventions. Get the care you deserve today by calling the Newport Beach, California, office or booking a consultation online.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop out of muscle tissue in your uterus. Fibroids come in various sizes, from small to large. You may have just one fibroid or many.
These growths can be inside your uterus, attached via a stem-like structure, or they can also develop on the outside of your uterus.
Many uterine fibroids are symptomless. But some fibroids cause heavy, painful periods and other uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have symptoms from fibroids, you might notice:
Fibroids also may make it difficult to become pregnant or to stay pregnant. If you suspect fibroids, contact Dr. Rubal for an evaluation.
Dr. Rubal typically detects fibroids via a pelvic exam or with an imaging test, such as an ultrasound.
An ultrasound sends painless sound waves into your uterus and pelvic organs. The waves create a picture that reveals the presence of fibroids. Sometimes Dr. Rubal suggests a more powerful test, such as a saline infusion sonogram.
This test uses a special fluid that Dr. Rubal inserts through your vagina and into your uterus. The fluid provides a clear picture of your uterine lining on an ultrasound to highlight the presence of fibroids.
Dr. Rubal designs a treatment plan based on the size and location of the fibroid, along with any side effects you may be experiencing. Since fibroids aren’t typically cancerous, she may not suggest a medical intervention if you don’t have uncomfortable symptoms.
However, if you're suffering from heavy bleeding and painful periods, she may begin by considering medications to ease your symptoms.
Dr. Rubal recommends surgical treatments when need be and tailors the type of procedure to your reproductive goals.
For high-quality, compassionate care for fibroids, rely on Dr. Rubal. Call today or book a consultation online.