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Treatments

  • Medical monitoring

    If your uterine fibroid doesn’t cause any symptoms, monitoring the fibroid for growth or changes may be the only necessary treatment. 

  • Medicines 

    Certain medicines can shrink fibroids by stopping the production of hormones that lead to fibroid growth. Other medicines may help with bleeding or other symptoms of uterine fibroids.

  • Intrauterine Device (IUDs) 

    IUDs can help stop the symptoms of uterine fibroids, though they do not shrink the fibroids. IUDs also prevent pregnancy.

  • Endometrial Ablation 

    During endometrial ablation, your doctor uses specialized tools to heat up and destroy the lining of your uterus. This procedure can help with abnormal bleeding and reduce menstrual flow.

  • Hysterectomy 

    If you do not want to carry children in the future and your fibroids cause significant symptoms, you may choose to have a hysterectomy to remove your uterus. Your gynecologists can perform a minimally invasive, robotic hysterectomy. 

  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy 

    During this in-office procedure, your gynecologist can remove your fibroids through your cervix and vagina. Not all types of fibroids can be removed this way.

  • Laparoscopic or Robotic Myomectomy 

    During this procedure, the gynecologist removes the fibroids through a few small incisions in your abdomen. Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy puts you at less risk for pain, scarring, and infection after surgery.

  • Myolysis 

    Myolysis is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio wave energy, electricity, or cold to destroy fibroids and the blood vessels that feed them. This causes the fibroids to shrink and die. 

  • Uterine artery embolization 

    For this minimally invasive procedure, your physician inserts special particles into the blood vessels around your fibroids. These particles block blood flow to the fibroids so they shrink and die.


Tests

  • Pelvic Exam

    Your gynecologist might feel that your uterus is misshapen during your routine pelvic exam, which is a sign of uterine fibroids. 

  • Pelvic Ultrasound 

    Your gynecologist can use pelvic ultrasound to check for fibroids inside your uterus. This noninvasive test uses radio waves to create a picture of your uterus.

  • Blood tests

    Your doctor may use blood tests to check for causes of abnormal bleeding.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    MRIs are radiation-free tests that can show your physician where your fibroids are located and how large they are.

  • Hysterosonography

    During a hysterosonography, your gynecologist inserts a saline solution into your uterus, which makes it easier to see fibroids with an ultrasound.

  • Hysteroscopy

    During this test, your doctor inserts a specialized, lighted camera into your uterus to look for fibroids or other abnormalities.