Most women with no symptoms and no fertility issues do not need treatment. If you do have symptoms, treatment will depend on your age, health, the severity of the symptoms; the type, size; and location of the fibroids; and whether you want to have children in the future.
For women with mild symptoms, the symptoms are monitored but no specific treatment is given. For women who are pre-menopausal and have moderate-to-severe symptoms, fibroids may be managed with medication or surgery. If you are experiencing painful or prolonged menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the severity of the bleeding. Treatments may also include a medication called ulipristal that can slow growth and shrink fibroids. A surgery called myomectomy to remove the uterine fibroid may also be possible. Since myomectomy leaves the uterus intact, women who have the surgery can still have children.
If you are near menopause with mild symptoms, your doctor may recommend waiting for menopause as your fibroid may shrink after this time.
If you have reached menopause, or if other treatments have not worked, your physician may recommend a surgery called a hysterectomy to remove the uterus. This is the most effective treatment for uterine fibroids and it prevents further fibroids from forming.
Helpful tips for managing symptoms of uterine fibroids:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help manage pain.
- Increasing iron intake through diet or supplements can help treat or prevent the occurrence of anemia due to blood loss.
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