There are many different ways doctors treat fibroid symptoms; some of them include:
- Nonsurgical treatments like Uterine fibroid embolization also known as Uterine artery embolization
- Invasive surgeries like hysterectomy or myomectomy
- Laparoscopic procedures
- Hormone medications
- Endometrial ablation
It’s important to understand what your main goal is, what your limitations are, and what you want to avoid before going through treatment. Every woman has individual, unique needs that you doctor or fibroid specialist should take into account before creating a treatment plan. Your fibroid treatment should not make you anxious or worried and you should be confident in understanding the risks.
Here is a checklist of what to consider before choosing a treatment:
- The recovery length following treatment.
- What kind of sedative is used during the procedure.
- How much work you have to take off afterward.
- If you can preserve your fertility or uterus.
- If the procedure is performed inside a hospital or in an outpatient setting.
- What kind of pain management is recommended following treatment?
- If the treatment interferes with your body’s hormones.
- How effective it is at alleviating fibroid symptoms.
- If large or numerous fibroids can be treated in this way.
- If the risk of fibroids developing again in the future is high or low.
- If the procedure is FDA-approved.
Considering these above questions and topics can help you decide what treatment option is best for you. Your doctor should respect your wishes and give you all the treatment options before commencing.