Fibroid Treatment Options

Fibroid Treatment Options

The goal of current fibroid treatments is to reduce the symptoms (bleeding, pain) and/or to reduce the size of the fibroids or to simply eliminate the fibroids via a surgical procedure. Doctors take a number of factors into consideration when they plan the best therapy. For example, the severity of the symptoms, the size of the fibroids and their location, the age of the patient, and their wishes to preserve their womb or fertility all play a major role in deciding the best treatment option.

You should discuss treatment options with your doctor or gynaecologist.
With this in mind, these are the types of fibroid treatment available (see tab below):

Medicine

The following drugs are commonly used for the treatment of uterine fibroids. In most cases, these medicines are used in order to control the symptoms caused by the uterine fibroids.

  • GnRH-analogues
  • Levonorgestrel intra-uterine devices
  • Oral contraceptives & progestins
  • Selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs)

Non-surgical procedures

There are a number of non-surgical options for the treatment of uterine fibroids, ranging from the noninvasive to the minimally invasive. Depending on your individual situation your doctor should discuss with you which treatment options are available and highlight those most suited to your circumstances.

  • MRI-guided focused ultrasound intervention
  • Myolysis
  • Uterine artery embolisation

Surgical procedures

Surgery is an option if all types of medication have been ineffective and your fibroid symptoms remain particularly severe. There are a number of surgical procedures to consider. Your doctor should refer you to a specialist to discuss all the options with you, including the benefits of each procedure and the associated risks.

  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy:
    – Abdominal myomectomy
    – Hysteroscopic or vaginal myomectomy
    – Laparoscopic myomectomy

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