Are more treatments being developed for uterine fibroids?

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Yes. Researchers are looking into other ways to treat uterine fibroids. The following methods are not yet standard treatments; so your doctor may not offer them or health insurance may not cover them.

MRI-guided ultrasound surgery shrinks fibroids using a high-intensity ultrasound beam. The MRI scanner helps the doctor locate the fibroid, and the ultrasound sends out very hot sound waves to destroy the fibroid. The ExAblate® 2000 System is a medical device that uses this method to destroy uterine fibroids. Some health care providers use lasers to remove a fibroid or to cut off the blood supply to the fibroid, making it shrink. Mifepristone®, and other anti-hormonal drugs being developed, could provide symptom relief without bone-thinning side effects. These are promising treatments, but none are yet available or FDA approved. Other medications are being studied for treatment of fibroids.

This answer is based on the source infromation from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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