Patience Miller M.D., Ob-Gyn
Patience Miller, MD
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Health and Wellness Coach located in San Antonio, TX
Uterine fibroids are growths on your uterus and often appear during childbearing years. If you suspect you have one of these growths, rely on Patience Miller, MD, OB/GYN, for expert care. A board-certified OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas, she diagnoses your condition and recommends appropriate care. Put fibroids behind you by calling today or booking a consultation online.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths that are often found incidentally during a routine pelvic exam. The vast majority aren't cancerous. Fibroids may or may not cause symptoms, such as heavy bleeding.
Uterine fibroids come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be the size of a pea or large enough to make you look pregnant. Fibroids may be on your uterus or inside your uterine wall. Some are attached to your uterus with a fleshy stem.
You may have just one fibroid or several. It's not unusual for women age 35 and older to have fibroids on the larger side.
The most common age to have uterine fibroids is in your 30s and 40s. African American women are more prone to get fibroids than white women.
How can I tell I have uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids can be symptomless. However, you may want to watch for these common signs:
- Painful or heavy periods
- Bleeding in between periods
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Leg pain or backache
- Frequent urination
- Painful sex
If you suspect you have uterine fibroids, contact Dr. Miller for a diagnosis.
How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
Dr. Miller may be able to detect fibroids with a pelvic exam. She often recommends diagnostic tests to gather more information about the fibroids. These tests include:
- Ultrasound: to view your uterus and other pelvic organs
- Hysteroscopy: a slim viewing device to look inside your uterus
- Hysterosalpingography: a special X-ray test
In some cases, Dr. Miller recommends laparoscopy. This procedure uses a slim device, called a laparoscope, to see inside your abdomen.
During a laparoscopy, Dr. Miller makes a small cut just below or through your navel, then inserts the laparoscope through the incision. The procedure allows her to see fibroids on the outside of your uterus.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
Depending on your condition and symptoms, Dr. Miller recommends an appropriate treatment plan. Your plan may include medications or surgery. Her goal is to relieve your symptoms to improve your health and well-being.
Get the care you deserve today. Call or book a consultation online with Patience Miller, MD, OB/GYN.