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Care for Uterine Disorders at University of Colorado Hospital

Why Choose Treatment for Uterine Disorders at University of Colorado Hospital?

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Women who choose University of Colorado Hospital Women's Health Program are seen by a board certified gynecologist who is experienced in the latest diagnosis and treatment methods based on the most current research.

Our program offers a wide variety of treatment options including advanced technologies such as fluid ultrasound, hysteroscopy and minimally invasive gynecological surgery.

What are Uterine Disorders?

Uterine disorders are diseases or conditions related to a woman's uterus. These include:

  • Fibroids – Benign (not cancerous) tumors that can cause abnormal bleeding, cramping and blood clots.
  • Endometriosis – Overgrowth of the lining of the uterus. This lining can overgrow onto other organs such as the bladder and fallopian tubes, ovaries and cause pain and abnormal bleeding.
  • Uterine Prolapse – when the muscles that hold the uterus lose strength and the uterus begins to come out through the vaginal canal.
  • Uterine Cancer

What are the signs?

The most common signs of a uterine disorder include:

  • Missed or irregular periods
  • Extremely heavy bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Infertility (difficulty getting pregnant)

When symptoms are severe and interfering with daily activities, you should see a doctor. Your symptoms may be a sign of a disease or disorder that needs to be treated.

Tests

Urine Test. Quickly determines if you are pregnant or if you have an infection.

 

Blood Test. Checks for abnormal hormone levels.

 

Pap Smear. A test that scrapes cells from the surface of the cervix (the lower, narrow part of the uterus) to check for cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer.

 

Biopsy. Removes a small amount of the tissue from the uterus. A pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer. This is done in an office procedure that does not require anesthesia.

 

Pelvic Ultrasound. A machine that uses high-energy sound waves to produce an image of the cervix, ovaries and uterus to check for abnormalities.

 

Hysteroscopy. A thin, lighted, flexible tube (hysteroscope) is inserted into the vagina and gives a magnified picture of the cervix, ovaries and uterus to check for abnormalities.

 

Fluid Contrast Ultrasound. Fluid is injected through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. An ultrasound is then used to look at the lining of the uterus.

Treatments

Birth Control Pills. Medication that uses hormones to control a woman's menstrual cycle. Birth control pills can help with irregular menstrual periods, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis.

 

Pessarie Treatment. A device that is placed into the vaginal canal for women who have uterine prolapse. The device supports the uterus so the condition does not get worse and can prevent the need for a hysterectomy.

 

Dilation and Curettage (D&C). A procedure that scrapes the inside lining of the uterus to remove build up of blood in the uterus and relieve pain and bleeding caused by fibroids.

 

Endometrial Ablation. A surgery that permanently destroys the lining of the uterus in women with severe endometriosis. This procedure prevents a woman from ever becoming pregnant.

 

Hysterectomy. A surgery that removes the uterus and sometimes the ovaries. A hysterectomy is always a last resort in severe cases when other treatment methods have failed.

Getting a Second Opinion about a Uterine Disorder

Because uterine disorders can affect your daily life, affect your ability to get pregnant, or be a sign of another disease, it's important that you receive a complete evaluation. University of Colorado Hospital is happy to offer a second opinion and to work with you if you choose to come to our hospital for treatment.