How do you treat bleeding that is related to uterine fibroids?

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Rafael J. Perez, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Treatment for bleeding as a result of uterine fibroids can span from non –invasive to invasive: the medicinal approach to the surgical approach.  
For example: Heavy bleeding and prolonged menstrual cycles, your GYN can prescribe oral contraceptives or progestins. A hormonal intra uterine device (inserted by your gynecologist) can be another option.
Please keep in mind, when symptoms are not relieved by the medicinal approach, the patient may need additional treatment such as surgery or procedures such as uterine artery embolization or endometrial ablation.  
Bleeding related to fibroids should first be treated medically. In the past non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAID, ex. ibuprofen) or oral contraceptive pills have been the most commonly used. More recently, tranexamic acid is a NSAID that has specific effects on the lining of the uterus to improve bleeding. It is prescribed to be taken only on the heaviest days of bleeding (up to 5 days maximum) each month. If the medical therapy does not work, Uterine Artery/Fibroid Embolization (UAE or UFE) should be considered along with surgery. UFE is non-surgical, performed as an outpatient, treats all of the fibroids in the uterus, and allows women not only to avoid riskier surgery, it allows them to keep their uterus.

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