Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D.
Fibroids are a common problem in the female reproductive system, affecting about 30-70% of women at some point during their childbearing years. As a specialist in OB/GYN care, Dr. Fanous can help diagnose, treat, and prevent fibroids utilizing a range of services and innovative technology. To have a fibroid examination, book a visit with Ghassan Fanous, MD in Odessa, Texas by calling or scheduling online.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are firm and often wholly benign growths that occur in the uterus; they typically affect many women during their reproductive years. Fibroids are also called uterine myomas or leiomyomas.
Some fibroids are small and undetectable, while others are large and may cause problems with your menstrual cycle or fertility.
What causes fibroids?
Several factors may lead to the development of fibroids. In some cases, they may be caused by the influence of estrogen in the body. Women who are nearing menopause are most at risk for fibroids. However, they are also common among individuals who are obese.
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
In many cases, fibroids cause no symptoms and do not affect the overall health of your uterus. However, some women may suffer from a wide range of complications, which may include:
- Heavy periods or abnormalities in the menstrual cycle
- Pelvic or lower back pain
- Frequent urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
In women who bleed heavily during their periods or in between their periods, fibroids can lead to iron deficiency anemia, which may cause symptoms like extreme fatigue or low blood pressure.
How are fibroids diagnosed?
Dr. Fanous uses an on-site ultrasound to help diagnose uterine fibroids. This technology allows him to see the size and location of the fibroids to determine the best course of treatment. He might also recommend other tests if you are experiencing problems conceiving to see if fibroids are to blame.
How are fibroids treated?
In many women who have fibroids, Dr. Fanous may recommend a “wait and see” approach. If your fibroids are causing problems related to fertility or menstruation, he may suggest treatments like:
- Surgical intervention: to remove fibroids but keep the uterus intact
- Medication: hormonal treatments to help reduce estrogen and prevent fibroids
You may need fertility counseling or other services to help you maintain optimal reproductive health after fibroid treatment. In women who do not plan on having children, Dr. Fanous might recommend removing the uterus entirely, which is called a total hysterectomy.
To begin fibroid treatment with Dr. Fanous, call the office or schedule a personalized consultation online today.