In many cases, uterine fibroids are followed and watched. This is particularly true for older women. If you choose to have treatment, your treatment options will depend on your symptoms and age.
One of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids is increased menstrual bleeding. If a fibroid is causing the increased bleeding, your doctor may do a pelvic exam and order an ultrasound. In addition, your doctor may recommend dietary changes, like increasing iron , folate , and vitamin B12 , to help prevent anemia due to blood loss.
Uterine fibroids. The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nuff.org/health_riskfactors.htm. Accessed August 16, 2012.
Uterine fibroids fact sheet. Womens Health.gov website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.cfm. Updated May 13, 2008. Accessed August 16, 2012.
Uterine leiomyoma. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115612/Uterine-leiomyoma. Updated April 15, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Last reviewed December 2014 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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