Uterine Fibroids (cont.)
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Medicine can be used to help relieve uterine fibroid problems. The goals of medicine treatment are to:
When treatment is stopped, symptoms usually return.
The following medicines are used to relieve heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, or painful periods—they do not shrink fibroids:
The following medicine is used to shrink fibroids before surgery and to temporarily relieve symptoms:
What to think about
If you have pain or heavy menstrual bleeding, it may be from a bleeding uterine fibroid. But it may also be linked to a menstrual cycle problem that can be improved with birth control hormones and/or NSAID therapy. (For more information, see the topic Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding.)
GnRH-a therapy is sometimes used to stop bleeding and improve anemia. But taking iron supplements can also improve anemia and does not cause the troublesome side effects and bone weakening that can happen with GnRH-a therapy.
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