Fibroids Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

More than 70% of women will develop fibroids before the age of 50. Many of these women never experience fibroid symptoms, but for others the pain and heavy bleeding caused by these benign growths are debilitating. Central Oregon OB/GYN physicians Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG and John Murphy, MD, FACOG offer hope for women with painful fibroids with medication and minimally invasive procedures that offer relief with no downtime. Call to schedule an appointment in the Bend, Oregon office today.

Fibroids Q&A

Central Oregon OB/GYN

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign, or noncancerous, tumors found among women of childbearing age. Fibroids are formed of the tissue that grows around and in the uterine walls.

No one knows what causes fibroids, but the risk factors are clear. They include:

  • Age: women in their 30s and 40s
  • Diet: a diet high in red meat
  • Ethnic origin: African-American women, more commonly than other ethnic groups
  • Family history: women with a family member who has had fibroids
  • Weight: obesity

What are fibroid symptoms?

Most women with fibroids never receive a diagnosis for them because they have no symptoms. Larger, more problematic fibroids do cause troublesome symptoms, including chronic pain and, subsequently, anxiety and depression.

Fibroid symptoms include:

  • Excessive bleeding between and during periods
  • A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Low back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Reproductive issues including infertility, multiple miscarriages, and early labor

How are fibroids treated?

Fibroid treatment varies significantly from woman to woman. Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy create a personalized treatment plan based on your age, symptoms, overall health, and the size and location of your fibroids.

Fibroid treatment involves one or a combination of:

 

  • Medications to stop menstrual flow, shrink fibroids, and reduce pain and bleeding
  • Noninvasive procedures, such as MRI-guided, high-intensity ultrasound waves to heat and destroy fibroids
    • Laparoscopic or robotically-assisted surgery to remove or destroy fibroids
    • Abdominal surgery or a hysterectomy for very deep or large fibroids.
  • “Watchful waiting” for women with mild symptoms


Most women can live comfortably with fibroids until they disappear with menopause, due to the lower estrogen and progesterone levels. But if pain and bleeding caused by fibroids interfere with your quality of life, consider fibroid treatment.


To assess your symptoms and discuss fibroid treatment options with an experienced OB/GYN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy or Dr. LeGrand by calling the office today.