Darrell Robins, MD
Gynecologist & Obstetrician located in Plano, TX
Many women develop uterine fibroids at some point during their lives. If you have fibroids causing painful periods and abnormal bleeding, Darrell Robins, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN practicing in Plano, Texas, offers expert diagnosis and treatments to restore your health and well-being. Call or schedule an appointment online today for effective treatment and care.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are common growths that develop in or on your uterine wall. Fibroids vary in size from as small as a seed to as large or larger than a grapefruit capable of enlarging your uterus. In most cases, uterine fibroids are noncancerous.
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Depending on the size of your fibroids you might not have any noticeable symptoms, or you may experience any of the following symptoms to varying degrees:
- Heavy bleeding
- Abnormal periods that last more than a week
- Disrupted menstrual cycle
- Pelvic pain or pressure and back pain
- Frequent urination but difficulty emptying your bladder
What causes fibroids?
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but there are a number of clinically identified risk factors such as genetics, hormones, and environmental factors.
How are fibroids treated?
Dr. Robins offers customized treatments for fibroids depending on your specific condition, including medical and surgical treatments.
Dr. Robins may prescribe birth control pills to regulate your hormone levels. This can help reduce your heavy bleeding and may also slow or stop the growth of your fibroids. He might also suggest a birth control shot or hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) if birth control pills aren’t right for you.
Another medical treatment option for fibroids is gonadotropin-releasing hormone agents (GnRH) like Lupron Depot® that can shrink your fibroids. Dr. Robins may prescribe a GnRH to shrink your fibroids before surgery.
If surgery is necessary to remove your fibroids, Dr. Robins offers both laparoscopic and robotically assisted surgeries.
A myomectomy is a surgery that removes fibroids without damaging or removing healthy uterine tissue. This is a good option for women who want to have children, as you can still become pregnant following a myomectomy.
Endometrial ablation is another effective treatment. This option removes the tissue lining your uterus with heat, radiofrequency energy, or freezing. While this treatment is a relatively quick outpatient procedure, it also ends your fertility.
If you have chronic and painful fibroids, you may need a hysterectomy to remove your uterus. This is the only method that eliminates the chances of new fibroid growth.
If you’re concerned about fibroids, call Dr. Robins’ office or schedule a consultation online today.