What is Fibroid Hormone Treatment?
Fibroid hormone treatment targets the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle in order to shrink fibroids and slow their growth. When hormone production decreases, fibroids shrink and symptoms improve.
This treatment is most often prescribed to help manage the symptoms of fibroids or adenomyosis, or to help decrease fibroid growth prior to surgery. The treatment only works for as long as it is used, and does not eliminate fibroids. Symptoms return once treatment stops. Hormone treatment is generally only used for less than six months, as the side effects are similar to those of menopause.
Benefits & Risks
There are a number of different hormone therapies that are recommended to control fibroid symptoms and reduce fibroid size, including: Antihormonal agents, birth control pills, Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa), Progesterone injections, Progestin-releasing intruaterine device (IUD).
You and your doctor will determine which treatments are best for you based on your unique case and circumstances. Hormone treatment for fibroids offers benefits and risks that should be carefully discussed. Viva Eve helps you regain control over your uterine fibroids by providing all medically sound treatment options.
- Medications reduce bleeding and decrease fibroid tumor size.
- No procedure necessary.
- Preserves uterus.
- No anesthesia; no recovery time.
- Can be used as a preoperative medical therapy to shrink fibroids before surgery.
- Hormones are usually only used for a limited amount of time because of the risk of side effects.
- Symptoms return when treatment stops.
- Recommended for a maximum of six months, otherwise may lead to early menopause-like symptoms, including hot flashes, sweating, dry vagina, and osteoporosis (bone loss).