10-12-2014

Drug treatments

 
Contraceptive pill and anti-inflammatory drugs
Many doctors use the progestin-based contraceptive pill to control excessive menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids. The doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain. The pill is effective in that it tricks the body into thinking that it is pregnant. However, there are many potential side effects, albeit they are usually mild. Nevertheless, the use of progestin does not reduce the volume of the fibroids or prevent their growth.

GnRH agonists (or gonadotropin)
This treatment is generally prescribed when the pill is ineffective to control fibroid symptoms. GnRH agonists reduce the oestrogen production in the ovaries. They reduce the size of fibroids and the symptoms.
Due to declining oestrogen levels, there are side effects, including hot flushes or mood swings.
Furthermore, studies have proven that fibroids tend to grow back after completion of the treatment.
 
Drug treatments: in what case?
 
Drug treatments can limit troublesome symptoms, but they do not destroy the fibroids. Drug treatments can also be used to prepare and facilitate surgery.
 
Others non-surgical treatments:

- Embolization
- Ultrasound

 
 

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