There are many benign (non-cancerous) conditions that can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, the vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Most of these conditions affect the uterus, which is the hollow, muscular organ that holds a baby as it grows inside a pregnant woman.
Common types of gynecologic conditions like fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall), adenomyosis (uterine thickening that occurs when endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, moves into the outer muscular walls of the uterus), or endometriosis (a growth of cells normally found in the uterine lining are also growing in other areas of the abdomen) can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms. For more information on these benign conditions visit our Division of Gynecology.
For many women, the best treatment for these conditions is surgery. A physician needs to fully assess the patient to determine which surgery is best for their needs, as each case is unique.