5 Amazing Ways to Treat Your Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous growth. In some women, they may be asymptomatic while for others they may cause symptoms like bleeding, pain, and abdominal pressure. The presence of symptoms does not always depend on the size and location of fibroids. Even big fibroids may be asymptomatic. However, it is still very important to undergo annual exams with your gynecologist. This needs to be done to ensure that they don't grow.

Some internet resources claim that you can treat fibroids at home, but there are no home remedies for this condition. Home remedies can help you just relieve some symptoms, but not treat the condition. You may take pain relievers to reduce the pain or perform special exercises that reduce abdominal pressure. However, if your doctor claims you need to treat your fibroids you need to be aware of possible options.

Below are 5 most common treatment options for fibroids you need to know about.

1. Myomectomy

Myomectomy is a type of surgery that is aimed at removing fibroids while preserving the uterus. This procedure is considered the best treatment option for women who want to have children in the future. However, there is a risk that fibroid may regrow. The younger the women the higher the risk of fibroid will regrowth.

Myomectomy can be performed in a few different ways. The doctor may offer you an abdominal myomectomy, a laparoscopic myomectomy, or a hysteroscopic myomectomy. The gynecologist will determine which option you actually need depending on the size, number, and location of your fibroids.

2. Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy for fibroids is a non-surgical treatment option. This procedure will not help you to get rid of fibroids but you can manage symptoms like heavy uterine bleeding, pain, and abdominal pressure. Depending on your needs, the doctor may offer you different types of hormonal therapy.

Androgen hormonal therapy may help you decrease the size of your fibroids. However, this therapy may also cause amenorrhea. Antihormonal medicines will stop or slow the growth of fibroids. Progesterone injections can control heavy bleeding and stop fibroid growth. Birth control pills can help relieve symptoms like heavy bleeding and painful periods.

3. Fibroid embolization

Fibroid embolization is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure. The doctor inserts a thin catheter through a small incision into the artery at the groin or wrist. Then the doctor inserts small particles through the artery. These particles enter the downstream, block the small blood vessels, and deprive the fibroid of nutrients. As a result, the fibroid becomes softer and shrinks in size. This procedure may also reduce such symptoms as heavy uterine bleeding.

Fibroid embolization may perform only a specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist. The doctor needs to look at the X-ray images while carrying out the procedure. Interventional radiologists are the best-trained for this procedure.

4. Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is aimed at removing the female uterus. Hysterectomy may also remove the ovaries but usually, this is not necessary for fibroids treatment. Hysterectomy is a permanent solution for fibroids. The doctor may offer you this option if other treatment options don't work. After a hysterectomy, a woman will not be able to get pregnant. For this reason, hysterectomy is the last instance for fibroid treatment.

5. Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure aimed at destroying the uterus lining. This treatment option is most suitable for women who don't want more children. After this procedure, you will no longer be able to get pregnant. During this procedure, the doctor inserts a small tool in the uterus through the vagina and removes endometrial tissue. While this procedure will not shrink the fibroids, it can help decrease heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids. 

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Tuesday, 27 February 2024