Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

Women in their 30s and 40s are at increased risk for uterine fibroids. Some live symptom-free, while others struggle with chronic fibroid pain and irregular periods. The gynecology team at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for fibroids at their office in Helena, Montana. You’ll receive a customized treatment plan that focuses on relieving pain and preventing complications that are common with large fibroids. Find out how you can address chronic fibroid pain and other symptoms by calling Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, today or requesting an appointment online.

Fibroids Q & A

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are abnormal uterine growths that are generally benign, or not cancerous. Fibroids can shrink on their own and not cause any problems. However, if fibroids grow larger, they can cause chronic abdominal pain, infertility, and other complications.

There’s no clear understanding of why women get fibroids, but there are several factors that increase your risk for developing them, including:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history
  • Hormone changes

You may be at increased risk for fibroids as you get older. For women heading toward menopause, the time when periods stop for good, existing fibroids may resolve on their own without treatment.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Many women have no symptoms and don’t even realize they have fibroids. When fibroids increase in size, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful cramping
  • Irregular periods
  • Painful intercourse
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

In some cases, very large fibroids distort your uterus, causing a noticeable protrusion in your pelvic region or abdomen.

How are fibroids treated?

The Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, providers diagnose fibroids during a pelvic exam or ultrasound. These tests allow them to better understand the location and size of your fibroids.

If fibroids cause symptoms that interfere with your quality of life, your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider customizes a treatment plan for you. 

In many cases, birth control pills can shrink fibroids and regulate your reproductive hormones. You may also treat fibroids with a hormonal IUD.

When menstrual bleeding is very heavy or you struggle with chronic abdominal pain related to fibroids, your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider may recommend minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that requires only a few small incisions to remove fibroids.

For women who experience chronic symptoms from recurrent fibroids, a hysterectomy may be necessary. This surgical procedure involves the removal of your uterus and possibly the fallopian tubes and ovaries. If you have a hysterectomy, you cannot become pregnant.

Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider determines the best course of treatment for fibroids based on your overall health, the severity of your condition, and your plans for a family.

To find out more about available treatments for fibroids, call Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, today or request a consultation with the experienced gynecologists online.