An estimated 26 million teens and adult women in the United States have fibroids. If you have fibroids that cause heavy bleeding or pain, you can find customized solutions at Women’s Healthcare of Garden City. Board-certified OB/GYN John Gomes, MD, offers on-site diagnostic testing services to identify bothersome fibroids in your uterus. Dr. Gomes specializes in non-surgical options for fibroid problems such as pain and heavy bleeding. Call the office in Garden City, New York, at 516-222-8883 to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for fibroid symptoms.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that can develop in the uterus during a woman's childbearing years.
While the underlying cause of fibroids isn’t well understood, you may be at increased risk for having them because of your family history, genetic changes, or a hormone imbalance. When you reach menopause, the time when your periods stop for good, fibroids may shrink on their own as your body slows down its production of estrogen and other reproductive hormones.
Fibroids don’t increase your risk for uterine cancer or other health issues, but they can grow large enough to cause bothersome symptoms.
Many women have fibroids without knowing it because they cause no symptoms. However, if the fibroids grow larger, they can lead to issues like:
Dr. Gomes uses advanced ultrasound technologies to identify the location and size of your fibroids.
Not all fibroids require treatment. If Dr. Gomes identifies fibroids in your uterus during testing for other conditions, he may proactively observe your condition to see if fibroids grow larger over time.
If you experience symptoms of large fibroids, Dr. Gomes may prescribe medications that can shrink fibroids and regulate your periods. Medications may include a low-dose birth control pill or a hormonal IUD.
Dr. Gomes has extensive experience in the nonsurgical management of fibroids and their uncomfortable symptoms. He may recommend treating heavy bleeding and pain using hormonal and nonhormonal pharmacologic therapies like the progesterone impregnated IUD.
Dr. Gomes has successfully treated many women who have elected nonsurgical options for their care. These options can prevent surgery while preserving the health of your uterus. Every treatment plan is unique, so it's vital that you speak with Dr. Gomes about your goals when pursuing treatment.
If you need diagnostic testing for symptoms of fibroids, call Women’s Healthcare of Garden City at 516-222-8883 today.