Fibroids Specialist

Allyson Gonzalez, MD

Gynecologist located in Santa Monica, CA

Fibroids are noncancerous growths in your uterus that cause painful, heavy periods and are most likely to occur in your 30s and 40s. At the practice of Allyson A. Gonzalez MD, in Santa Monica, California, women of all ages receive expert gynecological care and the latest treatments for uterine fibroids. If you suffer from painful periods and want to find out if fibroids are the underlying cause of your symptoms, call the office to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online today.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Fibroids are benign tumors that sometimes develop in your uterus. They can grow both inside or outside the wall of your uterus and may become quite large, causing pain and discomfort. A fibroid can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as a softball.

Fibroids are also called myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas. You can have just a single fibroid or multiple ones. In some cases, they can turn into a large mass and distort or enlarge your uterus. It’s possible to have a fibroid and experience no symptoms at all.

What are common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Small fibroids often don’t cause symptoms, but if you have larger fibroids, you may have the following common signs and symptoms:

  • A swollen, bloated, or uncomfortable feeling in your abdomen
  • Constipation
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Painful cramps during your period
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Heavy bleeding during your period
  • Periods that last longer than a week

If these symptoms interfere with the quality of your life during your period or throughout the month, you should seek medical attention to avoid further complications. Over time, if left untreated regular heavy bleeding during your periods can lead to iron deficiency from too much blood loss.

How does a gynecologist diagnose fibroids?

During a pelvic exam, Dr. Gonzalez can diagnose fibroids by feeling for any signs of abnormal lumps in your uterus. She may recommend ultrasound testing or an MRI to show the size and location of the fibroids.

Depending on the severity of your condition and the size of the fibroids, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend monitoring the growths over time to determine if you need treatment.

What is the treatment for uterine fibroids?

If the fibroids are small and not causing health issues, treatments may not be necessary. Medications may be helpful for relieving mild symptoms, and home remedies and lifestyle changes may also help relieve discomfort, including:

  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Dietary changes
  • Managing stress
  • Losing weight

Other treatment methods that can help control excessive bleeding during your period include birth control pills and intrauterine devices (IUD).

In severe cases, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend surgery to remove the fibroids from your uterus. There are also less invasive methods that she can use to shrink tumors that utilize laser, cryomyolysis (freezing), or thermal energy.

If you suffer from painful periods, it could be due to fibroids. Schedule an appointment by phone or use the online booking system.