Fibroids

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

Heavy periods, an increased urge to urinate, and infertility are all signs that you may have uterine fibroids. The all-female OB/GYN team at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California helps you manage fibroids with medical and surgical therapies. When you’re ready for fibroid relief, contact Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, or Dr. Nerissa C. Safie by calling or using the online booking form. Trinity Women’s Health is the only all-female OB/GYN center in Murrieta, and services the Loma Linda, Murrieta, Rancho Springs, and Inland Valley area.

Fibroids Q & A

Trinity Women's Health

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also called myomas, are benign tumors composed of uterine muscle cells. Fibroids can range in size from microscopic to large enough to change the shape of your lower abdominal area. Large fibroids can press against your bladder, increasing your need to urinate.

Fibroids can grow inside the lining of your uterine wall (submucosal) or between your uterine muscles (submucosal). They can also appear on the outside of your uterus (subserosal). Some fibroids grow on stalks (pedunculated fibroids).

Why do I have fibroids?

Most women (up to 80%) have fibroids during their childbearing years. Researchers believe that high levels of estrogen and progestin raise your risk for fibroids. You’re at greater risk for developing fibroids if you:

  • Are African-American
  • Have a family history of fibroids
  • Never got pregnant
  • Had your first menstrual period before age 13
  • Are obese
  • Have high blood pressure

Diet may also influence fibroids. If you have fibroids, you may benefit from drinking less alcohol, eating less red meat, and eating more fruits and vegetables. Fibroids have also been associated with low levels of Vitamin D.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Many fibroids are asymptomatic, especially if they’re small. Some women can even get pregnant and have a safe delivery with fibroids. If you do have symptoms, they could include:

  • Infertility
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Lower-back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Difficult pregnancy and delivery

How does an OB/GYN specialist treat fibroids?

Depending on how large your fibroids are and the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie may first try nonsurgical strategies to shrink them. Some methods include:

  • Intrauterine device (IUD) with progestin
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Hormone therapy
  • GnRH inhibitors, such as Lupron®

Your Trinity specialist may also recommend a myomectomy, which is the surgical removal of uterine fibroids. Whenever possible, Trinity surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic or hysteroscopic surgery.

You may also benefit from other therapies, including endometrial ablation and uterine artery embolization to destroy fibroid tissue. Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie review all of your options in depth so you can choose the solution that’s best for you.

When you’re tired of fibroid symptoms or want to improve your chances of conception, contact Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie about myomectomy and other fibroid treatments. You can use the online form or call the friendly all-female Trinity team to book an appointment.