How Are Uterine Fibroids Treated?

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How Are Uterine Fibroids Treated?

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More and more, doctors are beginning to realize that uterine fibroids may not require any intervention or, at most, limited treatment. For a woman with uterine fibroids that are not causing symptoms, the best therapy may be watchful waiting. Some women never exhibit any symptoms nor have any problems associated with fibroids, in which case no treatment is necessary. If a woman is experiencing anemia caused by heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding, moderate to severe pain, infertility, or urinary tract or bowel problems, she will require therapy. Treatment options for uterine fibroids include: • Medications. For women who experience occasional pelvic pain or discomfort, a mild, over-the counter anti-inflammatory or pain-killing drug such as Aleve or Motrin, often will be effective. More bothersome cases may require stronger drugs available by prescription. Some fibroids are treated with hormones that reduce the amounts of the hormone estrogen. Doctors believe that fibroids grow when there

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