Keith Reisler, MD, offers comprehensive OBGYN services at his Plano, Texas, practice. Among Dr. Keith Reisler’s many areas of expertise is the treatment of uterine fibroids, growths in the uterus that can cause pelvic pain and heavy periods, among other symptoms.
The type of treatment a doctor might prescribe for uterine fibroids depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the symptoms associated with them and whether or not the woman wants to have children in the future. In some cases where the fibroids aren’t causing symptoms, the initial approach might be to wait and monitor the issue.
Other times, the doctor might suggest medication, such as birth control, which can provide relief from discomfort and bleeding. Medications to control bleeding can also help when used immediately before or right at the start of the woman’s menstrual period.
Finally, different form of medication, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, can lessen the size of fibroids. It works by causing a temporary menopause, and the treatment period might last for up to six months. Since the effect doesn’t last once the doctor discontinues treatment, he or she might perform surgery afterwards. For more information on fibroids and their treatment options, a woman should speak with her doctor.