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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are treatment options for uterine fibroids?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Helen Sandland
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Many: Usually fibroids are small & cause no problems, and do not require treatment. It is rare for them to be cancerous. Most common symptom is heavier periods, and these can be treated with birth control pill etc. /mirena iucd. , Lupron (leuprolide) can shrink fibroids. Fibroids almost never cause pain-if someone has pain, don't assume it is the fibroid. Surgery if very large or other problems.
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Nutritional Rx: Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. All phytoestrogens should be avoided.
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Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecologic Oncology 38 years experience
Multiple: The oldest is surgery, either though hysterectomy or myomectomy to remove the fibroids. Sometimes, if internal to the uterus, hysteroscopic resection. There are options which don't require a large incision, using laparoscopy or robotic surgery. There are also hormonal options as well as uterine artery embolization, which decreases blood supply to the uterus causing fibroids to shrink.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Depends: The "best" treatment depends on many things. Do they bother you? Are you done having kids? Are they growing rapidly? You definitely need to discuss options with your doc, but they include doing nothing, minimally invasive surgery removing just fibroid, minimally invasive types of hysterectomy, open hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization. Find the option that best fits your needs/desires.
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Last updated Nov 4, 2019

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