Uterine Fibroids Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you suffer from pelvic pain or heavy uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids might be to blame. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, with convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, can diagnose and treat uterine fibroids to give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment at the New York practice over the phone or online to learn more today.

Uterine Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in your uterus that might appear during your childbearing years. Fibroids almost never develop into cancer but can cause unpleasant symptoms or lead to complications. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC can diagnose and treat fibroids when necessary.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

If you have uterine fibroids, you might not have symptoms at all, or you may experience:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Periods lasting more than a week
  • Frequent urination
  • Leg pain
  • A backache
  • Constipation
  • Problems emptying your bladder

Uterine fibroids aren’t usually dangerous, but they can feel uncomfortable or cause anemia and fatigue associated with heavy menstrual bleeding.

What are the risk factors for uterine fibroids?

Anyone can develop uterine fibroids, but you’re more likely to experience them during the childbearing years. Other risk factors include a family history of fibroids, being African American, starting menstruation at an early age, obesity, alcohol consumption, and poor dietary habits.

How does my provider diagnose uterine fibroids?

To find out if you have uterine fibroids and develop a treatment plan, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC asks questions about your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam, including a pelvic examination, to evaluate your uterus. 

Your provider might suggest you undergo blood tests, ultrasound, MRI, hysterosonography, hysterosalpingography, or hysteroscopy to get a better view of the inside of your uterus and make a final diagnosis.

What are my uterine fibroid treatment options?

Depending on your symptoms and complication risks associated with uterine fibroids, your provider might recommend:

Watchful waiting

If uterine fibroids don’t cause symptoms, are small, and aren’t cancerous, your provider might recommend simply watching them to see if they change over time.

Medications 

Taking certain medicines can help regulate your menstrual cycle, reducing pelvic pressure and heavy menstrual bleeding. Some medications may also help shrink fibroids.

MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (FUS)

FUS is a noninvasive procedure that helps your provider destroy fibroid tissue using soundwaves.

Minimally invasive procedures

Numerous minimally invasive procedures can remove uterine fibroids. Examples include radiofrequency ablation, injections, laparoscopic or robotic surgery, hysteroscopy, and endometrial ablation. 

Don’t live with heavy menstrual bleeding or other undesirable symptoms of uterine fibroids when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC over the phone or online today.