Uterine fibroidsBenign tumours, most often in the uterus. are the most common non-cancerousMalignant, a tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. growths in women of reproductive age. Traditional treatments include hysterectomyThe surgical removal of the uterus (womb). and hormonal drugs but a wide range of innovative treatments are currently in use or are being tested for the treatment of fibroids.
Mr Adrian Lower, an expert in uterine fibroids has provided videos of a hysteroscopic resection , and a laparoscopic myomectomy , in his helpful article on the modern management of fibroids . A non-surgical procedure for fibroids is Uterine Fibroid Embolisation and involves an injection of spongey/sandy particles into the uterine arteries which block the bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. vessels supplying the fibroids causing them to shrink and die.
A treatment which may soon be available in hospitals is ESMYA™, an oral selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) which blocks the progesterone receptor and can actively prevent fibroids and other common gynaecological conditions such as endometriosisA condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus (womb) of a woman is found outside the uterus or in other parts of the body.. The initial trials into the drug have found it to be an effective and safe treatment in patients.