Fibroids Treatment - What Are the Alternatives

Fibroids are a frequent problem with women’s reproductive systems. They are muscular tumors that grow in or on the wall of the womb (uterus). The medical term for fibroids is “leiomyoma” (pronounced, leye-oh-meye-OH-muh) or sometimes simply “myoma”.

Fibroids are almost never malignant (cancerous). They are almost always benign. They can grow as single tumors or there can be many of them. They can be as small as a small seed or as large as a cantaloupe.

Some 20 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids before they are 50 years of age; they are most common in women who are in their 40’s and early 50’s.

African-American women are particularly prone to developing uterine fibroids. They seem to develop fibroids symptoms faster and more severely than other women. Probably 50 to 80 per cent of African-American women in the U.S. will develop fibroids.

Most fibroids are asymptomatic, that is, they show no symptoms and do not appear to do any serious harm. Some grow and cause problems, causing pain, putting pressure on the bladder causing frequent urination and heavy or irregular menstruation.

If fibroid symptoms develop there are several fibroids treatments possible. The treatment selected will depend on the intensity of symptoms, age, whether she is pregnant or not, general health and whether she wants to have children in the future.

NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen or Naprosyn may be recommended for women suffering from pain or cramps during menstruation.

Birth control pills may be prescribed to help control heavy periods and stop the fibroid from growing.

GnRH agonists (Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormonal Agonists) may be prescribed as a fibroid treatment. For most receiving this drug, fibroids shrink by 1/3 to 1\2 after 2-3 months of treatments.

Uterine artery embolization is used to shut off the blood supply to fibroids which cause them to shrink and go away. This is a non-surgical procedure in which a catheter is threaded through certain arteries to inject a substance that blocks off the artery feeding the fibroid.

Surgery is a sure method but is both invasive and expensive. The two kinds of surgery most commonly done are hysterectomy and myomectomy.

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus (and usually of the cervix as well). It’s a common treatment for fibroids. Thirty per cent of all hysterectomies in the U.S. are done because of fibroids.

Additionally, there are many alternative medicine approaches to shrinking and controlling fibroids. These have become more and more popular as they demonstrate good results and as women seek alternatives to expensive surgery.

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