A Common Problem of Women Uncommonly Studied

By menopause uterine fibroids are present in one out of three women if we use very strict criteria, but oddly the research in fibroids has lagged terribly according to Dr. Shannon Laughlin and Dr Elizabeth Stewart of the Center for Uterine Fibroids at Mayo Clinic association. There are some interesting pictures on the web of fibroids and the process of surgically removing them. Uterine ablation treatments, such as NovaSure endometrial ablation, are designed remove the lining so it won’t bleed  too heavy even if you do have fibroids. And there are other studies looking into the use of the newest medication for heavy period bleeding, but it may not control the fibroids themselves or make them any smaller. There are medication therapies that actually shrinks fibroids, which medicine and how long to use it is a discussion for you and your gyno. Why this research gap of the number one cause of hysterectomies in the country? No one knows exactly, in part because we don’t generally have trouble with the fibroids, and perhaps a full ¾ women with fibroids can live their lives without ever requiring treatment.  But at Women's Health Practice we are now beginning a study of women who have heavy bleeding and anemia in hopes of improving how the care is delivered. If you have interest, and live in Central Illinois, call 217-356-3736.

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