(Lisa Rapaport/ Everyday Health) — Many treatments target symptoms of uterine fibroids, but there are also some options that can remove these noncancerous growths.
Figuring out where fibroids are located, how many there are, and how big they are can help determine your best options. And your fertility goals may also play a role because the only way to permanently remove fibroids and prevent them in the future is to surgically remove your uterus.
Various over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines can temporarily ease symptoms like heavy bleeding or pain. But drugs can’t get rid of these growths.
A variety of different complementary therapies for uterine fibroids can help to relieve symptoms such as discomfort from heavy bleeding and back pain. You should discuss these options with your doctor, because many of these approaches haven’t been tested as rigorously as traditional medicines, which are vetted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supplements may also have harmful interactions with medications. (…)