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Doctor insights on: Other Treatments Developed Uterine Fibroids

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Are other treatments being developed for uterine fibroids?

Are other treatments being developed for uterine fibroids?

Yes: Newer medications called selective estrogen modulators and selective Progesterone modulators (serms and sprms) are revelaing interesting information that may provide another treatment for fibroids. As such, these medical treatments won't cure fibrooids, but may help alleviate the symptoms such as bleeding and be a useful pre-operative tool. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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Are new treatments avaialble for uterine fibroids?

Are new treatments avaialble for uterine fibroids?

Yes: Certainly hormone therapy, and surgery can be used, but many fibroids can be managed conservatively. The robot assisted removal has improved outcomes on fibroid removal substantially. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Uterine fibroids?

What are the treatments for Uterine fibroids?

Many: There are multiple types of treatment for fibroids which depend on the size, number, location, and symptoms of your fibroids. These include doing nothing, taking birth control pills, different IUDs, uterine artery embolization, surgery to remove fibroids and hysterectomy among others. Please consult with us or an obgyn for an answer specific to you ...Read more

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Uterine fibroids-non-malignant. Are there any cures by alternative medicine?

Uterine fibroids-non-malignant. Are there any cures by alternative medicine?

Not that I am : Familiar with. If the fibroids are not causing heavy bleeding or pain, live them alone. Otherwise, there are non surgical options like uterine artery embolization which ccuts off the blood supply to the fibroids and causes them to shrink. There is also a procedure using focus ultrasound to treat fibroids.. This is being done at several centers in the us with mayo being a leading one. ...Read more

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What are some medications for uterine fibroids?

Different options: Treatment options:1- watchful waiting for minimal fibroid symptoms or when nearing menopause. 2- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). Birth control hormones (pill, patch, or ring), an intrauterine device, progestin shot (depo-provera) every 3 months for the heavy bleeding, 3- surgical removal for large symptomatic fibroids. ...Read more

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Since endometrial ablation can decrease or stop bleeding , what are other ways physicians can detect early uterine cancer?

Since endometrial ablation can decrease or stop bleeding , what are other ways physicians can  detect early uterine cancer?

You're right: It can be very hard to detect uterine cancer early when a woman has had an endometrial ablation. The typical bleeding allowing for early diagnosis of uterine cancer can be masked under scar tissue caused by the ablation. This is why ablation should not be done in women at high risk of uterine cancer. ...Read more

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Does the BCP Aviane cause fibroids and ovarian cysts? Are there non surgical ways to remove fibroids?

No and yes: Birth control pills don't cause fibroids. Treatment options include Lupron (leuprolide) (medication which causes temporary menopause to shrink fibroids); hysteroscopy (D&C like procedure to remove small fibroids from uterine cavity); uterine artery embolization (procedure done in x-ray dept. to cut off blood flow to fibroids); myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids); or hysterectomy (removal of uterus). ...Read more

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How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

4: There are 4 basic types of uterine fibroids: intramural (within the wall of the uterus) subserosal (underneath the outside surface) submucosal (underneath the lining of the uterus) cervical (located in the wall of the cervix) there are also sub-categories assigned as well, but all based primarily on location. Please see the graphic attached. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

Fibroid: Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that originate from the uterus. They rarely turn into cancer. No one really know what causes them, however, genetics and hormones may make one more likely to get them.
Estrogen and progesterone also seem to affect the growth of fibroid. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for uterine fibroids?

What are treatment options for uterine fibroids?

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. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids be cured with homeopathy?

Can uterine fibroids be cured with homeopathy?

Not very likely: Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the muscle wall of the uterus. They have no known cause and no known cure short of removing the uterus (hysterectomy). No medications have been shown to eliminate them. They can regrow after haveing been surgically removed from the uterus. Allopathic and homeopatic remedies have not been shown to have any lasting effects. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways of shrinking uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts?

What are some natural ways of shrinking uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts?

Estrogen dependent: Fibroids and often ovarian cysts are estrogen dependent. Anything that lowers estrogen affects them but also will affect your overall health. Fibroids are benign tumors that can often be treated with minimally invasive therapy called ufe (uterine fibroid embolization). An interventional radiologist would perform this procedure. Check out www.Ask4ufe.Com for information. ...Read more

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Is abdominal myomectomy an effective treatment for uterine fibroid tumors?

Is abdominal myomectomy an effective treatment for uterine fibroid tumors?

No: I would highly recommend removing them laparoscopically (minimally invasive approach). Although this method is more difficult to perform, for the patients, there will be great benefit (cosmetically small pleasing scars, 2 week recovery, less pain, quicker return to work). Please do your homework and find a skilled laparoscopic surgeon. The differences are night and day! ...Read more

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Are natural cures for uterine fibroids effective?

Are natural cures for uterine fibroids effective?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any homeopathy solutions for uterus fibroids?

Are there any homeopathy solutions for uterus fibroids?

Homeopathy & fibroid: Women with uterine fibroids can often be helped with constitutional homeopathy. A well-trained classical homeopath should explore your entire case to find the single remedy that best matches you; can collaborate with your gyn doctor too. Chronic bleeding may stop fairly soon, but resolution of the actual fibroids can take months to years. See www.Homeopathyusa.Org for physician homeopaths. ...Read more

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Does multiple ivf treatments cause a risk of ovarian cancer?

Does multiple ivf treatments cause a risk of ovarian cancer?

No: It increases your risk of bankruptcy, at least in the US. You state that you are only 28. Have you and your spouse had a full infertility workup. In the US, unless you had your Fallopian tubes tied or scarred, no reputable Ob-Gyn would consider you as a candidate for IVF. Maybe you some other issue that you have revealed yet?? ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more