If you experience pelvic pain or unusual menstrual bleeding, it might be because of uterine fibroids. At her office in Dallas, Texas, board-certified OB/GYN specialist De Shawndranique Gray, MD, and her experienced team diagnose and treat fibroids to offer you relief and reduce the risk of complications. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that appear on your uterus, usually during childbearing years. While fibroids aren’t usually linked with uterine cancer, they can cause unpleasant symptoms or complications. See Dr. Gray and her team at the first sign of uterine fibroids.
Common signs and symptoms associated with uterine fibroids include:
Complications that can occur because of untreated fibroids include heavy blood loss, iron-deficiency anemia, and fatigue.
The main risk factor for uterine fibroids is being a woman of reproductive age (premenopausal). Other possible factors that can increase your risk include:
The best way to reduce your risk of uterine fibroids is to adopt healthy habits. Maintain a healthy weight, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, take dietary supplements if your doctor recommends it, and get regular exercise.
To find out if you have uterine fibroids, Dr. Gray discusses your medical history and symptoms. She completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, to see if she can feel fibroids.
Diagnostic tests she may recommend include blood tests, ultrasounds, MRIs, or procedures that use a thin, lighted tube to get a better view of the inside of your reproductive organs.
Uterine fibroid treatments Dr. Gray may suggest include:
If you have small fibroids that don’t cause any symptoms, watchful waiting may be the best approach.
Taking certain medications can shrink fibroids and reduce pelvic pressure or heavy menstrual bleeding.
Dr. Gray offers several minor procedures to get rid of uterine fibroids. Examples include surgical fibroid removal, injections, and endometrial ablation. She uses robotic-assisted fibroid removal for better accuracy and precision.
If you suspect you have uterine fibroids or experience unusual menstrual symptoms, schedule an appointment with De Shawndranique Gray, MD, by phone or book online today.