Fibroids are a common problem for women, with about 50% of American women having fibroids by the time they’re 50. Although fibroids are noncancerous, they can cause some serious symptoms like pain and heavy bleeding in women.
Abnormal heavy menstrual cycles
Severe painful periods
Abnormal bloating and swelling
Pain during sex
More frequent urination
Lower back pain
Abdominal pressure or heaviness
How to Treat Fibroids:
Fibroids can be treated through oral contraceptives, and in many cases, require surgical treatment. Oral contraceptive can help with some aspects of fibroids, namely the heavy bleeding, but they may not relieve any other symptoms. Gonadotropin - releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) like Lupron, can actually shrink fibroids. However, GnRHa medication can have serious side effect such as bone thinning, and can not be used for long periods of times.
Surgical treatment for fibroids can take several different forms. A NovaSure endometrial ablation removes your uterine lining, so it can greatly reduce or stop the heavy blood loss. but, it doesn’t treat other fibroids symptoms. A myomectomy is a surgical fibroid removal that leaves your uterus intact. For many patients, this solves the problem, but it’s possible that the fibroids can return. A robotic hysterectomy can eliminate fibroids all together, but will also end your fertility.