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Uterine Fibroids Treatment Information
Your IU Health provider will help you choose the treatment that is right for you based on your medical history, the extent of the disease and your desire for pregnancy. Treatment options may include the following:
- Medication to control symptoms. Your IU Health provider will likely recommend medications to address the symptoms of your fibroids, such as anti-inflammatory pain killers.
- Medication to shrink fibroids. Certain medications can be helpful in shrinking fibroids, such as anti-hormonal agents (drugs that oppose estrogen or block the action of progesterone) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (drugs that trigger a “medical menopause” by lowering the level of estrogen in your body).
- Conservative surgical therapy (also called myomectomy). Your IU Health surgeon will remove the fibroids, but leave the uterus intact to enable future pregnancy.
- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Embolization is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure performed by an IU Health interventional radiologist where a catheter is used to supply tiny particles to the arteries and block blood flow to the fibroid tumor (causing it to shrink and disappear). The procedure generally involves a one-night hospital stay. According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, 85 to 90 percent of women who have UFE have significant or total relief of symptoms, such as heavy bleeding and pain.
- Hysterectomy. If necessary, your doctor may recommend the surgical removal of your uterus. Whenever possible, we use a minimally invasive robotic procedure using the innovative da Vinci Surgical System® as an alternative to traditional open surgery. Because it is minimally invasive, the procedure results in less pain and blood loss, less scarring, shorter recovery time, and often, improved outcomes.
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Uterine Fibroids Support Services
Resources for women who are experiencing uterine fibroids are available from a variety of organizations.
A Sampling of Uterine Fibroids Support Services
The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation
This nonprofit organization engages in educational and scientific activities related to the care and treatment of women who have uterine fibroids or related conditions of the reproductive system.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
This nonprofit organization offers multidisciplinary information, education and advocacy in the field of reproductive medicine.
National Library of Medicine
Part of National Institutes of Health, this is the world’s largest medical library.
National Women's Health Information Center
This is the United States Department of Human Services’ website dedicated to women’s health information.