Uterine fibroids are common benign tumours that develop in the uterus (womb). Fibroids can be treated both with medications and surgery. Treatment for fibroids depends on various factors such as:
A woman with fibroids does not need treatment if she has no symptoms, has small tumours, or has gone through menopause. Your doctor may advise regular follow ups to monitor the size and growth of the fibroids and to ensure that there are no indicators of malignancy (cancerous changes).
Treatment for fibroids includes:
Medications: Medications used for the treatment of the symptoms of fibroids include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and intrauterine devices (IUDs) that release the hormone progestin and iron supplements to prevent or treat anaemia due to heavy periods.
Surgery: There are many surgical procedures used for the treatment of fibroids. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of the various procedures and then recommend a surgery or procedure that is best for you. The surgery and procedures done for fibroids include:
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