Medical Therapy For Uterine Fibroids

You may have had a diagnosis of uterine fibroids, and been told that you might need surgery, but there is a lot to know regarding fibroids and women should realize they have a lot to discuss with their gyno if they've been diagnosed. Many fibroids are found on pelvic exam or pelvic ultrasound, and it's a surprise as the woman wasn't seeking consultation for period symptoms. Not all fibroids progress to having symptoms, and in fact a significant percent of women who do have symptoms won't need medicine or surgery because they report reduction of symptoms with observation alone. But for those with uterine bleeding, pelvic pains, or women with bulk symptoms such as abdominal swelling, pelvic heaviness, frequent urination, discomfort with sex, or bladder discomfort
Both suregical and medical therapy for uterine fibroids are used commonly.. The chances of successful resolution of your symptoms depends upon what your symptoms are and what your plans for the future are. At Women's Health Practice we take into consideration the size of the fibroids (also called myoma(s)), the location of the fibroids within the uterus, and the symptoms just mentioned, your desire for future childbearing, and your reproductive age (specifically how near menopause you are). The first medication proven to treat the size of the the uterus and the uterine bleeding casused by fibroids was a GNRH agonist called Lupron. It can cause menopausal symptoms but these can be managed with birth control pill use called add-back therapy. Either progeserone only pills or very low dosage oral contraceptive pills (such as Lo LoEstrin) are usually tried first. If bleeding and uterine fibroids are a problem then an ablation and often will work well. At Womens’s Health Practice we use 3-D imaging, images of the lining, color flow studies as well as other testing to try to predict how successful the treatment really will be.  For women who have no contraindications to hormone or progesterone therapy, age alone is not a contraindication for continued use. Lysteda is another alternative for non-surgical therapy. In our practice we are also enrolling women in the VENUS study, there are a number of sites enrolling this trial designed to treat women with fibroids with medication. Call 217-356-3736 if interested.

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