At Loudoun Women’s Healthcare Associates’ state-of-the-art office in Lansdowne, Virginia, co-founders Dr. Chauncey Stokes and Dr. Roopa Duggal, and certified women’s health nurse practitioner Jessica Braun, have helped many women who suffered from fibroids and ovarian cysts. As specialists in women’s health issues who serve Lansdowne and Leesburg, Virginia, they’re familiar with the latest developments in fibroid and ovarian cyst diagnosis and treatment.
Fibroids and ovarian cysts are similar. They’re both growths on the uterine wall, and they can both develop in either the interior or exterior of the uterine wall. The types of growth that they are and the health risks they pose, however, are different.
Fibroids are benign, or non-cancerous, tumors. As benign tumors, they don’t pose many health risks unless they physically block a passageway or put pressure on a nearby organ. Fibroids can become large and displace other organs or cause fertility problems, but these are relatively rare. In many cases, doctors recommend just monitoring fibroids unless they’re posing a specific health risk. Sometimes, they’ll even go away on their own.
Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that grow on the uterine wall, and they pose two specific health risks besides blocking a passageway or displacing a nearby organ. First, if cysts break, their fluid will leak. Depending on the size and location of the cyst, this can lead to blood poisoning. Second, cysts aren’t themselves cancerous, but they can develop into cancer. For these reasons, doctors treat cysts differently, and often more aggressively, than fibroids.
While fibroids are tumors that grow on the uterine wall, endometriosis is abnormal growth of the cells that line the uterine wall. In endometriosis, the cells that grow on the inside of the uterus grow outside of the uterus, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other nearby organs. This can interfere with menstrual cycles, make periods painful, and, sometimes, cause infertility. Endometriosis is often managed with medication, although a doctor may recommend other treatment as well.
Gynecologists and OB/GYNs focus their medical practice in treating women’s reproductive system. They’re able to diagnose endometriosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts, and to treat the three conditions.
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"For a new patient, Dr Duggal truly showed concern and wanted to find a solution to the issue I came for. She built up my history but also inquired about my future plans"
"I had the best prenatal care in this clinic. Everybody is friendly and caring. Love and respect to Dr. Roopa Duggal and the staff, I will be returning again."
"I couldn't have asked for a better OB/GYN to see me through my first pregnancy! HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. DUGGAL!"
"He delivered my baby by VBAC two weeks ago and did an amazing job!"
"I switched to this practice when I moved to the area and wanted to get pregnant. Dr Stokes and Jessica his NP were very diligent about helping us make this happen."
"I am a new patient of Dr. Stokes and I am already a fan. He provides excellent professional service. He is knowledgeable, caring and easy to work with."
"I love the team - everyone is extremely friendly and they always seem to remember their patients. I always feel very welcome when I go to the office, that I recommend."
"Dr. Duggal came highly recommended when I was looking for someone to do my tubal. All went well with my surgery and recovery. I will use her for my annual well visits."
"Dr. Duggal was extremley kind and patient. My only two request were a pain-free and non c-section delivery. She made both happen."