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Treating Uterine Fibroids

Q: I have a 40-year-old friend who is having big problems with fibroids. Her doctor has given her 3 options: taking a drug that will imitate menopause and might reduce the fibroids, removing the fibroid that is causing the problem, or having a hysterectomy.

None of these seem very good options; do you have anything else to add? She is at the end of her ability to cope and I am hoping someone might be able to help.


Dr. Donnica:
Sorry to hear about your friend and her problem with fibroids. More important than her age is whether she wants to preserve her ability to bear children. If she is sure that she does not want to preserve this ability, then there is another option other than hysterectomy DEPENDING upon the exact size and location of the fibroids -- a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure called "uterine artery embolization" (UAE).  This procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist, not a gynecologist.  For more information on fibroids and various treatment options, click here.

Donnica Moore MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 9/25/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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