Fibroids Specialist

Women & Adolescents Gynecology Center

Barbara Grazette, MD

Gynecology & Women's Health located in Edina, MN

Fibroids are very often a hidden problem, and if you have no symptoms, they’re nothing to worry about. If you do have symptoms, you need a skilled gynecologist like Barbara Grazette, MD, of Women & Adolescents Gynecology Center in Edina, Minnesota, who can diagnose your fibroids and advise on the best form of treatment. Call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or book using the online tool.

Fibroids Q&A

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that form in the muscles of the uterus. They can develop both inside and outside the uterus, or within the uterine walls. They vary greatly in size, and you could have a number of very small fibroids, one large fibroid, or a mixture of both small and large.

Fibroids grow at different rates, so one might develop slowly over the years, while another grows quickly over a few months. They can grow into masses large enough to affect the pelvic organs in some cases. Uterine fibroids most often develop between the ages of 30 and 40, and you’re more likely to develop fibroids if you’re African American.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Many women who have fibroids aren’t even aware of them, because they may not cause any symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may include:

  • Longer, heavier periods
  • Having periods more often than normal
  • Experiencing more severe menstrual cramping and pain than normal
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Anemia
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain in the lower back and abdomen
  • Problems with urination
  • Constipation
  • Pain in the rectum

 

Fibroids may cause fertility problems for some women, or result in repeated miscarriage in others.

How are fibroids diagnosed?

If you’re not experiencing any symptoms, you may only discover you have fibroids during a routine exam. If you are experiencing symptoms, Dr. Grazette at Women & Adolescents Gynecology Center can identify the cause using a range of diagnostic techniques, such as:

  • Sonography (ultrasound)
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Hysterosalpingography
  • Sonohysterography
  • Laparoscopy

 

Other diagnostic tests such as MRI and CT scans are more rarely used to diagnose fibroids but can be useful for monitoring them for changes.

What treatments are available for fibroids?

If you don’t know you have fibroids or they aren’t causing any symptoms, you don’t need to worry about them. If you do have symptoms or the fibroids show up on a routine scan, Dr. Grazette can go through the treatment options with you. There are both non-surgical and surgical - that often only require minimally invasive surgery - options for treating fibroids, including:

  • Hormonal birth control for heavy menstruation
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists
  • Progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Hysteroscopy (removal of fibroids using a cutting device through a hysteroscope)
  • Myomectomy (surgical removal of the fibroids)
  • Hysterectomy with Myomectomy (surgical removal of the uterus)

 

To schedule a routine exam or discuss your fibroid symptoms with Dr. Grazette, call Women & Adolescents Gynecology Center today, or book an appointment online.