Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Smyrna, GA
It’s estimated that up to 80% of women develop a uterine fibroid at some point during their childbearing years. Though benign and sometimes asymptomatic, uterine fibroids may cause pelvic pain, painful intercourse or heavy periods. They rarely cause infertility. Melinda Miller-Thrasher, MD, at Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions in Smyrna and Atlanta, Georgia, is sought after by women all across the country and the Caribbean for her uterine fibroid treatments. To schedule a consultation, call or book online today.
Uterine Fibroids Q & A
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the wall of your uterus. The muscular tumors vary in size and number.
Uterine fibroids are very common. However, certain factors increase your risk of developing them, including:
- Age (most often developing in your 30s and 40s)
- Family history
- Ethnic background (more common in African-American women)
Uterine fibroids also tend to be more common in women who eat a lot of red meat.
How can uterine fibroids affect my health?
Uterine fibroids are benign, which means they’re noncancerous. However, they can cause symptoms that interfere with your daily life.
Uterine fibroids can cause any of the following:
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Heavy periods
- Painful periods and painful sex
- Low back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Increase in abdominal girth
- Premature labor and birth
For pregnant women, uterine fibroids may even interfere with labor and delivery.
How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
Most uterine fibroids are found incidentally during an annual wellness exam. Dr. Miller-Thrasher may feel the muscular tumor during a physical or pelvic exam. To confirm a diagnosis, she may recommend a diagnostic imaging test, such as an ultrasound or MRI.
The diagnostic test not only confirms a uterine fibroid diagnosis, but also the size, shape, and location. The test may also find more than one fibroid.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
At the Innovative Fibroid and Reproductive Care Center, which is associated with Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions, Dr. Miller-Thrasher and her team use care and sensitivity when treating fibroids.
Treatments include a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, as well as a focus on prevention. Their holistic approach includes nutritional and supplementation remedies that are associated with fibroids.
They also treat many other common gynecological conditions, including:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Menopausal syndrome
Dr. Miller-Thrasher is sought after by patients from all across the United States and the Caribbean for her approach to treating uterine fibroids. She’s an expert in treating fibroids and the author of “The Innovative Women’s Guide to Managing Fibroids Without Hysterectomy.”
To schedule your uterine fibroid consultation, contact Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions by phone or online today.