Uterine fibroids


Treatment of uterine fibroids

Your treatment options depend on the size, location, and number of fibroids. Your doctor will consider the severity of your symptoms, your age, and medical history, as well as your reproductive goals.

Treatment options for uterine fibroids may include:

  • Medications: If your symptoms are mild, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relief medication to relieve discomfort during your menstrual period. If your symptoms are interfering with your life, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills or recommend a hormone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) to regulate your hormone levels and decrease symptoms. Medications called gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists can also be used to shrink uterine fibroids.
  • Surgery: A myomectomy is surgery to remove uterine fibroids. Surgeons take out the fibroids in the uterus but leave the uterus intact. If a woman is done having children, her surgeon may suggest a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the entire uterus) instead.
  • Uterine artery embolization: Doctors can shrink uterine fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. During a uterine artery embolization, doctors place tiny plastic or gel particles into the blood vessels feeding the fibroids.
  • Endometrial ablation: This specialized procedure destroys the lining of the uterus in order to eliminate most fibroids.
  • Myolysis: During myolysis, surgeons use electricity or extreme cold to destroy uterine fibroids.

Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you and help you select the most appropriate treatment for your personal situation.

Dignity Health can provide the personal care and treatment you need to live a life uninhibited by uterine fibroids in Arizona, California, and Nevada.