Uterine fibroids are small, noncancerous growths in the uterus that typically occur during childbearing years. When they grow, multiply, or distort the size and shape of the uterus, they can cause pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping, and difficulty emptying your bladder or having a bowel movement. If you experience these symptoms, our gynecologists can help. We offer nonsurgical and surgical options to treat uterine fibroids.
Sound waves create images of fibroids affecting your uterus and ovaries.
In this test -- also called saline infusion sonography -- the uterine cavity is filled with a saline solution. This allows us to obtain more detailed ultrasound images of the lining of the uterus and the fallopian tubes to diagnose fibroids with greater accuracy.
A thin, lighted tube equipped with a camera is inserted through the cervix. This allows your doctor to see inside the uterus and to identify fibroids. Your doctor can also pass tiny tools through the hysteroscope to remove fibroids or tissue samples. May be performed in a doctor’s office or in an operating room.
This special X-ray uses a contrast dye to create images of your fallopian tubes and uterus.
Because fibroids are not always visible on ultrasound, an MRI may be performed to get more detail about the size, number, and location of all fibroids in the uterus.
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Why Choose Duke
We explore all nonsurgical and medical treatment options before recommending surgery or hysterectomy. Our minimally invasive surgical options and drug therapies are designed to spare healthy tissue and reproductive organs for women of childbearing age.
We develop personalized treatment plans that take into account your age, goals, and stage of family planning. We offer a wide range of treatment options, including hormone therapies and noninvasive options. Together we choose the best option for you.
Research on New Therapies
Our dedicated researchers study fibroids and their causes and work to develop more effective, targeted treatments.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. That is why our gynecology program is nationally ranked, and is among the highest ranked programs in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2022.