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Clinically Speaking: What Are My Options Following a Uterine Fibroid Diagnosis?

Find out what medical treatments are available for uterine fibroids

8/2/2021 11:55:00 PM

Uterine fibroids are the most common gynecological condition among women of reproductive age — so what can you expect after a fibroid diagnosis? We’re working with WeCan_WearWhite to help you understand fibroids and what comes next:

Find out what medical treatments are available for uterine fibroids

will have experienced fibroids, which are noncancerous (benign) growths that develop in or on the wall of a woman's uterus.While women who have small fibroids or fibroids without symptoms may never know they have them, an estimated 20% of women with fibroids will experience symptoms that range from mild to severe. Several options are available for fibroid treatment, from home/natural remedies and prescription medication to surgical procedures.

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We asked, an OB-GYN at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women and Infants Hospital, some questions women should ask their healthcare provider (HCP) if they have been diagnosed with fibroids.What affect will fibroids have on my day-to-day activities such as exercise, sex and my period?

It all depends. Some people have no symptoms at all. The only reason they know they have fibroids is that they're found on an ultrasound that is performed for other reasons. Impact on day-to-day activities varies from person to person and depends on the size, location and number of uterine fibroids. Your period can be extremely heavy and prolonged and can include extremely large clots, which can keep people from feeling comfortable participating in certain activities or even keep them from leaving their house during those days. If certain activities, such as exercise or sex, are uncomfortable or painful, speak to your HCP about options for treatment.

Do all fibroids require treatment? What will happen if I don’t get treatment?Uterine fibroids are extremely common and occur in up to 70% of people with a uterus by their early 50s. You only need treatment if you have symptoms, and most people with fibroids never experience any symptoms. Symptoms can resolve without treatment, especially if you're close to menopause, which causes a reduction in the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Symptoms can also stay the same or they can get worse — everyone is different.

What are the treatment options and how do they vary by age?Treatment options depend on the type of symptoms you're having (heavy periods, pelvic pressure or both), the location of the uterine fibroids, and whether you're planning to have children. The best treatment option will vary based on your symptoms, values, preferences and expectations. This is why it's important to have a conversation with your HCP and participate in shared decision-making.

In general, the treatment options available include:

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