V CARE OB/GYN
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Your uterus provides a safe place for your baby to grow and develop when you get pregnant. However, uterine disorders can cause pain and make it harder for you to get pregnant in the first place. At V CARE OB/GYN in the Upper East Side of New York City, gynecologist Gabriela Olaru, MD, provides a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for uterine disorders. To find out if you have a uterine disorder and get treatment for it, call V CARE OB/GYN or book your appointment online today.
Uterine Disorders Q & A
What are uterine disorders?
Uterine disorders are health complications affecting the functioning of your uterus. Your uterus is the reproductive organ that sheds its lining each month to cause your period. It’s also your womb where a baby grows if you get pregnant.
Uterine disorders often cause bleeding outside of your monthly periods. You might bleed between periods randomly or after engaging in sexual intercourse. Uterine disorders can also cause:
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Urinary incontinence
An array of other symptoms are also possible if you have a uterine disorder.
What are some common uterine disorders?
There are many uterine disorders, so it’s important to get a professional diagnosis at V CARE OB/GYN if you suspect a problem. A few examples of uterine disorders are:
Uterine fibroids are benign growths on your uterus that vary in size from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit. They can cause pelvic pain, back pain, bleeding, and difficulty getting pregnant.
Uterine polyps are another type of benign uterine growth. They’re typically small and soft and can cause bleeding after sex, heavy periods, and pelvic pain.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection affecting one or more of your reproductive organs, including your uterus. Symptoms include foul-smelling discharge, an urgent need to urinate, and discomfort.
Endometriosis is a serious long-term condition causing your uterine lining to grow outside of your uterus. It can cause scar tissue to develop on other organs in your abdomen, like your ovaries. Abnormal bleeding, abdominal pain, and heavy periods are all common symptoms. Endometriosis can also affect fertility.
How are uterine disorders treated?
The type of treatment you need for your uterine disorder depends on the disorder you have and the symptoms that come from it. If your fibroids or polyps, for example, don’t cause any symptoms, you may not need treatment at all.
Treatment for fibroids might include medications to slow the production of estrogen and progesterone, a progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD), or minimally invasive procedures like radiofrequency ablation or myomectomy surgery to remove the growths.
Treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease might include a round of antibiotics and temporary habit changes like abstaining from sexual intercourse.
Treatment for long-term conditions like endometriosis might include hormonal contraceptives, pain medications, surgery to remove endometriosis tissue, or a full hysterectomy.
To find out how to treat your uterine disorder, call V CARE OB/GYN, or book your appointment online today.