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Uterine Fibroid Treatments

Treatment Options

There are many options for uterine fibroid treatment. Not every treatment is right for every woman. We'll help you choose the best option.



Watchful Waiting

Your best option may be to wait and see how your condition progresses, especially for:

  • Women with mild symptoms
  • Those nearing menopause
  • Women who plan to have children

During this time, the size and growth rate of fibroids can be monitored.

To help alleviate discomfort, we may recommend lifestyle or dietary changes and no treatment may be needed. Symptoms may be alleviated with menopause. However, the fibroids could grow and your symptoms may get worse.

Treatment Options for Fibroids

Endometrial Ablation 

Endometrial ablation can be used alone or in combination with myomectomy for women whose primary symptom is heavy periods.

A small instrument is placed through the cervix into the uterus. The lining of the uterus is then destroyed using heat or another energy source.

Pros: This procedure can be done as an outpatient or office procedure with a short recovery time. In prior clinical trials, 30-45 percent of women stoped bleeding completely after their ablation procedure.

Cons: Endometrial ablation doesn't remove the fibroids, so they can continue to grow and cause symptoms.

Recovery Time: After this outpatient procedure, women usually return to work in two to seven days.

Focused Ultrasound for Uterine Fibroids: A Patient Story

Gloria was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. At UVA, she found a clinical trial that used focused ultrasound for uterine fibroids. Watch her story.

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