Uterine Fibroid Management and Treatment

If your fibroids aren't bothering you, you don't need to do anything about them. Your doctor will check them during your regular visits to see if they have gotten bigger.

If your main symptoms are pain and heavy bleeding, try an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen. And ask your doctor about birth control pills. They can help you feel better and make your periods lighter. If you have anemia, take iron pills and eat foods that are high in iron.

If you're near menopause, you might try medicines to treat your symptoms. Heavy periods will stop after menopause.

A treatment called uterine fibroid embolization can shrink fibroids. It's not a surgery, so most women feel better soon. But fibroids may grow back.

Surgery can be used to remove uterine fibroids only (myomectomy). Or it can be used to remove the entire uterus (hysterectomy). Surgery is an option when:

  • You still have heavy uterine bleeding or anemia after several months of treatment.
  • Fibroids grow after menopause.
  • Fibroid pain or pressure affects your quality of life.
  • The fibroids cause urinary or bowel problems.
  • There is a chance that you have cancer.
  • Fibroids may be making it hard to get pregnant.

Procedures used to destroy fibroids include:

  • MRI-guided focused ultrasound. It uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to break down the fibroids.
  • Endometrial ablation. This treatment destroys the lining of the uterus.
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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who specialize in this treatment.

Suzanne M. Eggers, MD, FACOG

Suzanne M. Eggers

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lauryn T. Newhart, DO

Lauryn T. Newhart

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy J. Billharz, MD, FACOG

Timothy J. Billharz

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anna M. Gorman, DO

Anna M. Gorman

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alisa R. Ash, MD, FACOG

Alisa R. Ash

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tracia L. West, MD

Tracia L. West

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Robert T. Caffrey, MD, FACOG

Robert T. Caffrey

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy A. Hall, MD, FACOG

Timothy A. Hall

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ward W. Ohlhausen, MD, FACOG

Ward W. Ohlhausen

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kiersten M. Moreno, MD, FACOG

Kiersten M. Moreno

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Locations

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology
2529 Glenn Hendren Drive
Suite 200
Liberty, MO 64068
Get directions
816-781-7820

Independence Women’s Clinic

Independence Women’s Clinic
19550 East 39th Street
#300
Independence, MO 64057
Get directions
816-478-0220