Even if your doctor discovers that you have a uterine fibroid, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern. Millions of women have uterine fibroids and are able to lead healthy, productive lives. If you start to notice symptoms, however, your doctor may seriously discuss your treatment options. MIMIT and its medical director, Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, offer apt lifestyle recommendations and effective treatment options for Chicago-area women. Below are a few treatment options to consider for uterine fibroids.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
If your doctor discovers fibroids that are asymptomatic, he or she may recommend “watchful waiting.” To reduce your likelihood of developing more serious fibroids, you might quit smoking and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.
- Healthy Diet: A healthy diet is at the core of healthy living. Try to cut out unhealthy fats and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. After menopause, the fibroids will likely shrink without further intervention.
- Regular Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce mild fibroid symptoms or prevent them from occurring. Most doctors recommend getting at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills aren’t just for contraception€”they also have medical uses for some women. Some types of birth control can help in the following ways.
- Hormone Control: Hormones are directly related to the development and growth of uterine fibroids. Birth control can control certain hormones, limiting the fibroids’ growth.
- Reduced Bleeding: Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common symptom of severe uterine fibroids. Birth control can help reduce bleeding and other symptoms associated with fibroids.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is perhaps the most effective treatment for uterine fibroids. UFE is safe, painless, and non-invasive.
- Direct Treatment: UFE involves the injection of tiny particles into the artery leading to the fibroid. Rather than manage the symptoms of uterine fibroids, UFE addresses the tumors directly by cutting off blood flow.
- Shrunken Fibroids: Once the artery to the fibroid is completely blocked, the tumor will no longer have a regular supply of blood. Over time, this will cause the fibroid to shrink, thus reducing or eliminating symptoms.
If you are suffering from pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and other symptoms of severe uterine fibroids, you may be a good candidate for uterine fibroid embolization in Chicago. You can call MIMIT at (708) 486-2600 to set up an appointment, at which time you can ask Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra about fibroid embolization.