Fibroid Treatment Options
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus composed of smooth muscle found normally in the uterus.
Sometimes uterine fibroids are asymptomatic, and many women are not aware of the presence of the disease. But most often, patients have significant fibroid symptoms, which makes life very difficult.
Fibroid Treatment Options Available For Symptomatic Fibroids
When symptoms are mild, trying to eat healthy, lose weight, and exercise are all very helpful.
Fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, and estrogen is stored in fat. Therefore, reducing body fat will help retard fibroid growth.
There are some naturopathic medicines that can help with mild fibroid symptoms. Your doctor may also try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (exs. Motrin/ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.) or birth-control pills to treat mild symptoms.
As the symptoms worsen, in the past surgery was often performed.
If a woman was interested in future fertility she underwent myomectomy (removing a portion of the fibroids and sewing the uterus back together). If she had completed childbearing, she would undergo hysterectomy (complete removal of the uterus with or without the ovaries).
If your fibroids cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and/or other unpleasant symptoms, you should not wait, the myomas will not disappear on their own.
Uterine Fibroid Treatment
Even if your doctor discovers that you have a uterine fibroid, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern.
Millions of women have uterine fibroids and are able to lead healthy, productive lives. If you start to notice symptoms, however, your doctor may seriously discuss your treatment options.
Fibroid Surgery: Yes or No
There are different options for removing fibroids. Some of them (for example, myomectomy) remove the tumors that are visible and that the surgeon can reach.
Therefore, there is a high risk that the patient will need additional operations in the future (in 3-5 years). This method does not guarantee complete relief.
Hysterectomy, another common kind of fibroid surgery, can get rid of uterine fibroids. But at the same time, the uterus is removed, which leads to the loss of ability to have children and may lead to various (often severe) complications.
In addition, like any surgery, fibroid surgery can lead to surgical risks: blood infection, adhesions and scar on the uterus.
Atlanta Fibroid Center offers apt lifestyle recommendations and effective treatment options for all women. Below are a few treatment options to consider for uterine fibroids.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
If your doctor discovers fibroids that are asymptomatic, he or she may recommend “watchful waiting.” To reduce your likelihood of developing more serious fibroids, you might quit smoking and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.
- Healthy Diet: A healthy fibroid diet is at the core of healthy living. Try to cut out unhealthy fats and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. After menopause, the fibroids will likely shrink without further intervention.
- Regular Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce mild fibroid symptoms or prevent them from occurring. Most doctors recommend getting at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills aren’t just for contraception—they also have medical uses for some women. Some types of birth control can help in the following ways.
- Hormone Control: Hormones are directly related to the development and growth of uterine fibroids. Birth control can control certain hormones, limiting the fibroids’ growth.
- Reduced Bleeding: Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common symptom of severe uterine fibroids. Birth control can help reduce bleeding and other symptoms associated with fibroids.
Best Fibroid Treatment Options: Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a very effective treatment for uterine fibroids. UFE is safe, painless, and non-invasive.
How it works:
UFE involves the injection of tiny particles into each uterine artery, cutting off the blood supply to every fibroid in the uterus. Without a blood supply, the fibroids will die off, resulting in softening and shrinking of all the fibroids. As this occurs, a woman’s symptoms begin to resolve.
If you are suffering with heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, or other symptoms of uterine fibroids, you may be a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization with us.