Uterine Fibroids

A study from the University of Iowa showed that as a woman approaches the menopause, most uterine fibroids disappear with no treatment.

The uterus is a muscular bag that holds an unborn child. It is common for many women to develop small benign tumors of the muscular wall, called fibroids. Doctors usually remove fibroids only when they bleed excessively, cause pain, or prevent pregnancy. The vast majority of fibroids require no treatment at all. Most fibroids do not have to be removed surgically. Doctors now treat fibroids with injections of drugs to shut down a women's hormones and at the same time, they give birth control pills to prevent osteoporosis from lack of hormones. This study shows that most small fibroids disappear with no treatment, while large ones tend to remain.

Natural history of uterine polyps and leiomyomata. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2002, Vol 100, Iss 1, pp 3-7. DJ DeWaay, CH Syrop, IE Nygaard, WA Davis, BJ VanVoorhis. Van Voorhis BJ, Univ Iowa Hosp & Clin, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Div Reprod Endocrinol & Infertil, Coll Med, 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City,IA 52242 USA

Checked 10/5/12

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