Eastside Medical Park Women's Group
OB-GYNs & Urogynecologists located in Bellevue, WA
At Eastside Medical Park Women's Group, the doctors provide their patients with individualized service when it comes to fibroids. The practice serves residents living on Seattle’s Eastside, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah and Mercer Island.
Fibroids Q & A
What are fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that grow slowly over time, typically only during a woman’s childbearing years. While they are often asymptomatic, fibroids can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menstrual cramps, frequent urination, lower back pain, and a sensation of fullness in your abdomen and infertility.
What causes fibroids?
No one knows the exact cause of fibroids, but researchers believe genetics and hormones play a role. They tend to grow during pregnancy, when women’s levels of estrogen and progesterone are high, and shrink when anti-hormone drugs are used. Once menopause is reached, they shrink or stop growing. Any woman can develop fibroids, but certain factors are correlated to an increased risk. For example, African American or overweight women see an increased risk compared to other patients.
How are they diagnosed?
The first step in diagnosing fibroids is a pelvic exam. Dr. Kupferman or Dr. Dvorak will check the size of your uterus with one hand, while pressing lightly on your abdomen with the other hand. Fibroids may cause your uterus to feel irregularly shaped or larger than normal. If Drs. Kupferman or Dvorak suspects their presence, they will usually order an ultrasound.
What does treatment involve?
If you aren’t experiencing symptoms from your fibroids, you may not require any treatment. Dr. Kupferman or Dr. Dvorak may also consider other factors when determining treatment needs, such as:
- fibroid size & location
- if you wish to become pregnant
- how close you are to menopause
Common treatment consists of medications aimed at stopping or slowing fibroid growth or surgery.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Dvorak is absolutely wonderful!...She is very friendly and knows her stuff. She genuinely seems to love what she does! Thank you for your time and care Dr. Dvorak!"
"Dr. Dvorak is amazing! ...She is there to answer any question I have and always take me and my little boys health very seriously!"
"This is my OBGYN of choice... Dr. Dvorak is calm, capable, and warm. We are glad to have her on our team."
"Best Gyno I've had. I came in for a very unfortunate reason, but Dr. Dvorak and her assistant made me feel welcomed and comfortable."
"Dr. Dvorak was more than gracious and very empathetic - I felt very comfortable with her and would definitely want to return for future care!"
"Even my mother cannot stop talking about how impressed she was with how calm, professional and kind Dr. Dvorak was with all the nurses, staff, and I"
"She listens to all my concerns and answers all questions...She is very gentle and has made me feel comfortable and eased my labor worries. I am so thankful. "
"Dr. Dvorak is an amazing obstetrician! She helped us navigate through the pregnancy and birth of our first child with kindness, humor and a laid back but knowledgable.."
"Dr. Dvorak's level of expertise and her devotion to her patients is unparalleled. I trust her immensely with the care of the women in my family.."