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Is there a cure for uterine fibroids?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
The only guaranteed cure for uterine fibroids is hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the entire uterus. If the uterus is removed, uterine fibroids have nowhere to grow. However, after hysterectomy, women are no longer able to have children, so hysterectomy usually isn't the first treatment option used. Instead, medications or other surgical procedures to remove only the fibroids themselves may be used first. A procedure called uterine fibroid embolization can also be done to cut off the blood supply to the fibroid. Those treatments may be successful, but they're not guaranteed cures. Talk to your doctor about finding a treatment that's best for you.
Uterine fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. Most women who have fibroids have no symptoms and do not need any treatment. Even for women suffering with fibroids, they do not need a cure of their fibroids per se, but rather need relief from the symptoms that the fibroids are causing. This can be accomplished in greater than 90% of women suffering with fibroids completely without any surgery (ex. Uterine fibroid embolization, see answers on UFE). While hysterectomy is touted as the only "cure" for fibroids, the "cure" can be worse than the disease (with resulting sexual dysfunction, increased risk for early menopause, osteoporosis, heart disease, etc.) and therefore, hysterectomy for uterine fibroids is largely unnecessary.

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