Fibroids

Cheryl Razdan, MD -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cheryl Razdan, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Tulsa, OK

If you’re experiencing irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or significant cramping during your periods, uterine fibroids may be to blame. Cheryl Razdan, MD, is an OB/GYN specialist with significant medical expertise in diagnosing and designing effective strategies for treating uterine fibroids. Call her office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.

Fibroids Q & A

What are fibroids?

Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas or myomas, are benign (noncancerous) growths that may grow within the uterine wall, bulge into the uterine cavity, or project outward from the uterus. Some fibroids become pedunculated and hang from a thin stalk that’s attached to the uterine wall.

Fibroids often develop during your childbearing years and can occur as tiny seedlings that are hard to detect or grow large enough to alter the shape and size of the uterus. You may have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids in various locations throughout the uterus.  

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Many women who have fibroids don’t report noticeable symptoms. However, depending on the size and location of the fibroid, symptoms can include:

  • Heavy bleeding during periods
  • Periods that last longer than a week
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the pelvic region
  • Frequent need to urinate or trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pain

Fibroids can also interfere with your fertility when they block the fallopian tubes or interfere with a fertilized egg’s ability to implant in the uterine wall.

What causes uterine fibroids?

It’s not clear exactly why uterine fibroids develop, but possible causes include:

  • Genetic changes in fibroid tissue, which differs from the DNA in normal uterine muscle cells
  • Estrogen and progesterone production during childbearing years that may stimulate fibroid growth
  • Influence by substances in the body such as insulin-like growth factor

In many cases, fibroid symptoms disappear when your estrogen levels decrease after menopause.  

How are fibroids treated?

Dr. Razdan offers a comprehensive range of treatments for fibroids. During your consultation and exam, she locates your fibroids and discusses your reproductive needs, as some fibroid treatments disrupt fertility.

She can prescribe medication to both shrink your fibroids and relieve your symptoms, including:

  • Progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormones to block estrogen and progesterone
  • Tranexamic acid, taken during a period to ease heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

If fibroids don’t respond to conservative therapy, or you’re interested in becoming pregnant, Dr. Razdan may recommend surgical removal of the fibroids while sparing the uterus -- a procedure called a myomectomy. She generally performs a myomectomy with a minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach using the daVinci® Surgical System.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Razdan today for expert diagnosis and effective uterine fibroid treatment solutions. Call the office or make an appointment online.