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  • Women's Health: Uterine Fibroids
    Treatment Options

    Many treatments are available for uterine fibroids. These treatments include medications, surgery, and a newer procedure called Uterine Artery Embolization, which is available at Rhode Island Hospital. Certain treatments may be more appropriate for some patients than for others. Following a careful medical evaluation, you and your doctor can discuss the best option for you. Additional information on the various treatments follows.

    Medications

    Medical treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms caused by fibroids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) are similar to Motrin (ibuprofen) and are useful in treating fibroids that cause pain. Hormonal medications, including birth control pills and other agents, work by altering the body's production of hormones. As discussed previously, fibroids are very sensitive to a woman's hormonal levels. By altering these levels, such medicines can decrease bleeding and sometimes shrink fibroids. Although these medications help some patients, they are rarely a long-term solution. Unfortunately, some of these medications cause intolerable side effects.

    Surgery

    If medications are ineffective, surgery may be necessary. Several surgical options are available.

    Information in this section is provided by Rhode Island Hospital's department of radiology, which offers a complete range of diagnostic and interventional procedures for women, including uterine artery embolization, a leading treatment for fibroid tumors.

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