Fibroid Managment

Alameda OB/GYN

Olivia Butt, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Alameda, CA

Uterine fibroids are extremely common and, fortunately, often come with no symptoms at all. If, however, your uterine fibroids are causing you pain, making your periods worse, or otherwise diminishing your quality of life, Olivia Butt, MD, and her expert team offer fibroid management at Alameda OB/GYN. To learn more, call or book your appointment at their Alameda, California, office online.

Fibroid Management Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are growths on your uterus. They can be tiny or grow into large masses. They’re extremely common, too. In most cases, the woman won’t even know she has uterine fibroids because they don’t cause any symptoms. But for the unlucky individuals who do have symptoms resulting from fibroids, those symptoms often include:

  • Long (more than seven-day) periods
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pressure in the pelvis
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Backache
  • Constipation

Fortunately, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Butt can offer you treatment.

Are uterine fibroids dangerous?

The good news is that uterine fibroids do not develop into cancer. If they don’t cause you any symptoms, your fibroids can be left untouched in your uterus. They will usually shrink when you enter menopause.

If, however, you experience symptoms because of them, your fibroids can significantly impede your quality of life. That’s why Dr. Butt offers fibroid management.

What is fibroid management?

Fibroid management is treatment that’s tailored to your body and designed to alleviate your symptoms. Once Dr. Butt confirms the presence of your fibroids using diagnostic tools like a pelvic exam, ultrasound, lab test, or MRI, she can work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your body.

There are a couple of key treatment options you can explore:

Fibroid management through medication

There are a number of medications that can help with your uterine fibroid symptoms. They can regulate your menstrual cycle, minimizing your discomfort during your period, and may reduce the size of your fibroids.

Specifically, Dr. Butt can explore hormonal therapy with you. A gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonist can put your body into a temporary menopausal state, and this will put a stop to your period while you continue taking Gn-RH and can shrink your fibroid.

Surgical fibroid management  

Dr. Butt uses minimally invasive surgery to destroy fibroids. This procedure is known as a myomectomy. Using a laparoscope — a long, thin tube with a camera attached to the end — she can see into your uterus, pinpointing the fibroids and destroying them to give you relief from your symptoms.

If you’d like to learn more about your fibroid management options, call Alameda OB/GYN or schedule your appointment online.