Do the fibroids need to be treated at all; this is the most important question.
Most fibroids cause no symptoms, do not interfere with pregnancy, and do not need to be treated.
If your fibroids cause mild symptoms, they may require no treatment either.
Your doctor may suggest you simply keep an eye on them to see if they are growing.
He may ask you to have regular ultrasounds to check if the fibroids are growing.
Fibroids require treatment when they are
- extremely large and positionally disadvantaged
- causing symptoms which substantially reduce your quality of life.
- making it impossible to get pregnant but you want to have children in the future
Obviously fibroids that are causing significant symptoms need treatment.
It is often easier to treat smaller fibroids than larger ones, but most of the small ones never will need to be treated.
The majority of fibroids grow as a woman gets older and tend to shrink after menopause.
So it does not imply that fibroids have to be treated when they are found, just because they can be treated easier while they are small.
Furthermore, any women have successful pregnancies without removing the fibroids as long as they are not inside the uterine cavity.
Which treatment is right for you will depend on the
- size and location of your fibroids
- your age
- how close you are to menopause
- whether or not you would like to get pregnant
Ask for a full explanation of each approach, including the
- success rates
You may also want to talk with women who have had the treatment you are considering.
Treatment options include:
- Medical treatments
- Surgical treatments (removal of fibroids)
- New Approaches! (destruction of fibroids)