Treating Fibroids Without Surgery

Fibroids are a common diagnosis for women, especially those in their 40s and early 50s. Because fibroids are dependent on estrogen and progesterone for their growth, fibroids can shrink during menopause when hormones levels decrease.

Treatment for fibroids can depend on the type of fibroid, number of fibroids, your age, fertility concerns, and any symptoms you may be having. Depending on symptoms, some women even choose a wait and see approach. Their doctor monitors them for any changes in symptoms or growth of the fibroid, but no medications or procedures are used unless necessary.

There are also a wide variety of medications that may be used to treat fibroid symptoms including birth control pills, GnRH agonists, and a progestin IUD. Additionally, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can be used to help with any pain issues.

Outpatient procedures can include an ablation, a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), Myolysis, or MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS).

Seek a second opinion about what might be best for you. Look for a doctor who is willing to work with you regarding less invasive options and/or one who specializes in treating fibroids. A consultation with an Interventional Radiology who does MRgFUS could also be helpful.

This content was written by staff of by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Treating Fibroids Without Surgery

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