Evaluations and Treatments
How do I know if I am going into early labor?
Early labor is sometimes called “premature labor” or “preterm labor” and can occur before the 37th week of pregnancy. Some of the signs of preterm labor include:
- Regular contractions or tightening of your uterus, which may or may not be painful, every 10 minutes or more
- Spotting or bleeding from the vagina
- Abdominal or menstrual-like cramps
- Clear, pink, or brown discharge
Contact your physician if you experience any of the above symptoms for further instructions.
What are some of the different types of fibroids?
While uterine fibroids are all made up of the same abnormal uterus muscle cells, they are often classified according to their location in the uterus:
- Myometrial (intramural) fibroids are in the muscular wall of the uterus.
- Submucosal fibroids grow just under the interior surface of the uterus, and may protrude into the uterus.
- Subserosal fibroids grow on the outside wall of the uterus.
- Pedunculated fibroids usually grow outside of the uterus, attached to the uterus by a base or stalk.
Uterine fibroids can range in size from microscopic to several inches across and some weigh as much as ten pounds.
What is Menorrhagia?
Menorrhagia is a term used to describe extreme heavy uterine bleeding. In many cases, the bleeding may have a known cause such as fibroids, but more often than not, there is no known cause. The threshold for this diagnosis is when a woman loses more than 8mL of blood each menstrual cycle. Today doctors tend to define the Menorrhagia diagnosis by how much it restricts a women’s daily routine. If you experience heavy bleeding that also causes pain, mood swings, disruption to your work life, sexual activity, and other activities, there are treatments available that do not include hysterectomy. Check with your physician about the option that best suits your needs.
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