Infertility Treatments: Basic
Uterine Fibroids Treatment
Uterine fibroid tumors are the most common tumors in women. They are not cancer and do not turn into cancer. They are either cancer or they are not. Most uterine fibroids do not require treatment. However, if the fibroids are causing pelvic pain, infertility, painful menstrual periods, and/or heavy bleeding, the fibroids may be treated with hormone therapy and/or surgery.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus allowing the uterus to be left in place to preserve future fertility. Sometimes hormone therapy is used to shrink the fibroid(s) before surgical removal. Hormone therapy is not a permanent fix for fibroids. Uterine artery embolization is a procedure performed under X-Ray guidance where the major vessels of the uterus are blocked off. This is not yet approved for patients desiring future fertility because the treatment may affect the ovaries as well, possible decreasing the potential for future fertility.
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