Raffi Chalian, M.D. FACOG
Gynecologist & Oncologist located in Glendale, CA
Uterine fibroids can lead to heavy periods, chronic lower abdominal pain, and infertility issues. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or know you have a history of fibroids, schedule an evaluation at the office of Raffi Chalian, M.D. in Glendale, California. Dr. Chalian, a board-certified OB/GYN can help you get relief from fibroids and restore your quality of life. Book your fibroids evaluation today by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the clinic directly.
Fibroids Q & A
Why do I have uterine fibroids?
Fibroids, also known as myoma, are tiny muscular tumors that develop along the wall of your uterus, they are extremely common. Your risk of developing uterine fibroids is higher if they run in your family. But your chances of having fibroids also goes up if you’re:
- In your 30s or 40s
- Overweight or obese
- Of African-American ethnicity
Consuming lots of red meat and ham are linked to a greater risk of developing fibroids, too. No matter what’s causing your fibroids though, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms, so you can have them evaluated early on.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Most fibroids are benign (noncancerous) and can be as small as an apple seed or as large as a grapefruit. The size and location of your fibroid masses can lead to several symptoms, including:
- Lower back pain
- Frequent urination
- Bloated sensations
- Pain during intercourse
- Abnormally painful periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Lower abdomen enlargement
If you have fibroids and become pregnant — uterine fibroids rarely cause infertility — your chances of pregnancy and labor complications dramatically increase.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
Your uterine fibroid treatment plan from Dr. Chalian is personalized to you and the severity of your symptoms. Depending on the results of your examination, and ultrasound if needed, your uterine fibroid treatment can include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
- Low-dose birth control pills
- Progesterone-based injections
In most cases, Dr. Chalian can help you manage fibroid symptoms by finding the right combination of medications for your needs. Occasionally though, surgery is really the best option to resolve moderate to severe symptoms.
Fibroid surgery, which is minimally invasive, involves gently removing the fibroids, without affecting healthy tissue. Although rare, if you have severe fibroid symptoms and large masses, Dr. Chalian might recommend a myomectomy (removal of fibroids) or a hysterectomy. Usually, this type of surgery is the absolute last resort if you’re certain that your family is complete and you do not want to become pregnant in the future.
Schedule your uterine fibroids evaluation at the practice of Raffi Chalian, M.D. by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the clinic directly to book.