Fibroid Treatment Options
Some doctors suggest a class of gonadotropin releasing hormone of GnRH, agonists, including Lurpon or Synarel, to help induce temporaray menopause by blocking estrogen. This stops bleeding but produces side effects similar to menopause, including hot flashes and insomnia. On the downside, only 15% of women will be cured — and even then sometimes only temporarily; about 60% of the fibroids return in six months, and hormones can be used for no longer than three to six months.
If enough of the fibroid is jutting into the uterine opening, doctors can insert a thin, telescope-like instrument through the vagina that can sometimes remove the fibroid.
Blood vessels are zapped with electricity (cryomyolysis); a probe delivers freezing temperatures to shrink the blood vessels, thereby blocking the blood supply that eeds fibroids.
A balloon is inserted into the uterus then filled with a hot liquid. The procedure lessens bleeding by thinning out the endometrial lining of the uterus. The procedure can dramatically reduce one of the most bothersome symptoms — heavy bleeding.
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