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September 20, 2017  
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  • Fibroids1: Why do fibroids cause symptoms?
    Dr. John Lipman: Fibroids cause their symptoms based on how hard and firm they are and where they are located in the uterus. If the fibroids are located in the front of the uterus they may press on the bladder like a paperweight causing urinary frequency and patients waking up multiple times in the middle of the night. If fibroids are near the center of the uterus they will stretch the lining, not allowing it to heal, and that will cause a woman to have heavy menstrual periods. That’s the most common symptom that you will see is a heavy, flooding, gushing menses. If fibroids are in the back of the uterus they might press on the colon and cause constipation, or if they’re located out laterally they might press on the pelvic nerves and cause painful menses. If a fibroid is near the cervix it might cause painful intercourse. So depending on where fibroids are located, and usually women will have multiple fibroids and multiple symptoms...
    Dr. John Lipman: Fibroids cause their symptoms based on how hard and firm they are and where they are located in the uterus. If the fibroids are located in the front of the uterus they may press on the bladder like a paperweight causing urinary frequency and patients waking up multiple times in the middle of the night. If fibroids are near the center of the uterus they will stretch the lining, not allowing it to heal, and that will cause a woman to have heavy menstrual periods. That’s the most common symptom that you will see is a heavy, flooding, gushing menses. If fibroids are in the back of the uterus they might press on the colon and cause constipation, or if they’re located out laterally they might press on the pelvic nerves and cause painful menses. If a fibroid is near the cervix it might cause painful intercourse. So depending on where fibroids are located, and usually women will have multiple fibroids and multiple symptoms...
    Dr. John Lipman

    Dr. John Lipman


    Dr. John Lipman is founder of the Atlanta Interventional Institute and Medical Director for the Center for Minimally Invasive Services at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital in Marietta, Ga. As an Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Lipman specializes in minimally-invasive out-patient procedures that can replace the need for major surgery. His clinic is dedicated to treating women’s conditions – particularly uterine fibroids and fertility issues. His love for the profession began during his medical school training at Georgetown and during his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He completed his training with a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Yale, and today he is dedicated to bringing less-invasive treatment alternatives to his community in Georgia.

    Dr. John Lipman

    Dr. John Lipman


    Dr. John Lipman is founder of the Atlanta Interventional Institute and Medical Director for the Center for Minimally Invasive Services at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital in Marietta, Ga. As an Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Lipman specializes in minimally-invasive out-patient procedures that can replace the need for major surgery. His clinic is dedicated to treating women’s conditions – particularly uterine fibroids and fertility issues. His love for the profession began during his medical school training at Georgetown and during his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He completed his training with a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Yale, and today he is dedicated to bringing less-invasive treatment alternatives to his community in Georgia.

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