What Women Can Do About Fibroids

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus. One estimate says that about 30 percent of all women over the age of 30 develop them at some point in their life. Fibroids can cause a lot of problems: pain, bleeding, urinary tract problems — and they’re very uncomfortable.

How to Treat Fibroids

There are two choices for treatment. One is surgery to remove the fibroids or the entire uterus. The second option is the type of treatment that was involved in the new research study — embolization, or bead treatment. With this treatment, little beads are injected into the arteries that supply blood to the uterus, which cause the fibroids to shrink or die.

The study suggests that both treatments can work, but the bead procedure is much more tolerable, and the women who undergo it spend less time in the hospital.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=2822210


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