You have options. Don’t delay treatment if you are symptomatic. Find the right provider. Be your own advocate.
Why is treatment important for me?
Treatment is important because it may alleviate your symptoms. The sooner you can get effective treatment, the better outcomes you may be able to achieve. In some cases, fibroid symptoms worsen over time. It is better to address symptoms early and avoid having to make treatment decisions quickly if you are not feeling well.
How do I select the treatment option that is best for me?
Like many women, you have heard from your care provider that you have fibroids. Depending upon how heavy your menstrual periods are or how much pain you are feeling, you may have different goals for therapy. Fortunately, you have many options to treat your symptoms, and it is important for you to consider all of your options before making the best decision for you.
For most of these options, you can try one and switch to another, so when in doubt, choose the option that is best for you. Before your doctor’s visit, make a list of your symptoms, and rank them in order of importance. Each patients goals for treatment are very personal. Your physician should address each concern.
Treatment considerations may be different if you’re recently diagnosed, near menopause, or if you wish to become pregnant soon. There are many potential options, and each have their benefits and drawbacks. Understanding YOUR medical and surgical management options will help you select the best option(s) to achieve your treatment goals.