Here are some frequently asked questions related to fibroids.
Q: Can I take birth control pills if I have fibroids?
A: Birth control pills contain
Q: If I'm past
A: Many doctors recommend that women take low doses of the hormone estrogen, or a combination of estrogen and
Q: I'm 45. My
A: If your fibroids are not causing problems, such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination, you and your doctor may consider watchful waiting. This means you would have pelvic examinations two or three times a year to see if the fibroids are growing or are beginning to cause problems. If your fibroids are causing problems, you may want to ask your doctor about treating them with medication. Taking GnRH agonist drugs for two to three months could shrink your fibroids by one-third or one-half of their present size. This may relieve problems such as pain or heavy bleeding. These drugs will stop you from having a menstrual period and they have side effects similar to those of menopause. Your fibroids will probably grow back after you stop taking the medication. However, when your fibroids have shrunk you may be a candidate for a less invasive procedure to remove them, such as hysteroscopic resection, embolization, or laparoscopic surgery.