Uterine polyps and fibroids are both abnormal tissue growths in your uterus and can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Dr. Parisa Pourzand, a highly skilled OB/GYN in Glendale, Burbank, and Beverly Hills, California, can help you find relief from uterine fibroids and polyps. If you experience pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, come in for a thorough diagnostic work-up and a customized treatment plan at Parisa Pourzand, M.D. Inc. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call or stop by the office to book your visit.
Uterine polyps occur when the tissue that lines your uterus, which is known as the endometrium, grow at an abnormal rate and extend into your uterine cavity. They can range in size from as small as a sesame seed to larger than a golf ball. Polyps are attached to your uterine walls with a large base or a thin stalk of tissue.
Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths of muscle tissue. They often develop inside your uterine walls, and can range in size from as small as a pea to larger than a melon. In fact, some uterine fibroids grow so large they can make you appear 6-7 months pregnant!
Irregular bleeding is the most common symptom of fibroids and polyps. Additional symptoms include:
If you experience irregular bleeding or any of the symptoms listed above, schedule a time to come in to see Dr. Pourzand for a thorough diagnostic exam.
Watchful waiting involves holding off on treatment to see if the abnormal growths will resolve themselves. Dr. Pourzand can monitor your condition to look for changes in the size and number of growths.
Medication can also effectively shrink fibroids or polyps, but could come with a risk of side effects. Another option for uterine fibroids is a process called uterine artery embolization that can help by restricting blood flow to the fibroids. That causes them to shrink and eventually die.
Surgery is another treatment option. Laparoscopic surgery requires just a few small incisions to gain access to your uterus and remove the abnormal tissue. Surgery can sometimes take place through your vagina, eliminating the need for any incisions at all. Rarely, an open surgical procedure is the best way to address large or numerous fibroids.
Most uterine fibroids are benign and won’t develop into cancer. Some uterine polyps, however, can eventually become cancerous. That’s why any abnormal tissue that’s surgically removed is carefully checked under a microscope for cellular abnormalities.
Removing or shrinking abnormal uterine tissue can help with fetal implantation, so many women seek treatment to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
For many, treatment offers a path to pain relief and a more normal menstrual cycle. The discomfort and irregular bleeding that stems from fibroids and polyps can make it hard to enjoy your normal daily routines.
If you’re ready to learn more about treatment options, book an appointment with Dr. Pourzand online or call the office.