Fibroids Treatment Options for Someone with a Family History of Cancer

I am a 53-year-old African American woman with severe menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. Over the last 19 years, I have had two myomectomies and two UFEs. I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy because the fibroids keep returning. Several people have suggested that I have an oophorectomy due to my family history of cancer. … Continued

Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids

I am 48 years old with five fibroids and an enlarged uterus. I’m looking for surgery options with very little recovery time. My doctor suggested I take a 3-month shot of Lupron and then have a partial hysterectomy. I’ve heard horrible things about Lupron. Can you suggest alternative treatment options?   Lupron is the most … Continued

Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Safe

Do you have any recent studies or information on Uterine Fibroid Embolization? I’m considering this procedure and everything I read says it is safe – I’m hoping that is what you’ve heard too!   Uterine fibroids are a very common women’s health topic that is typically not a cause for worry. Uterine fibroids are benign … Continued

What Options do I Have to Shrink My Fibroids

What treatment options are available to shrink my fibroids?   Muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, called “fibroids,” are extremely common; about 30 percent of women experience fibroids by age 35, and about 70-80 of women have fibroids by age 50. But, only about one-third of these women have symptoms severe enough that … Continued

Is Getting a Hysterectomy My Only Option for Treating Fibroids

I was recently told I have a fibroid 16cm large. Is it possible for me to have the fibroid removed without having a full hysterectomy? Alternatively, if I do have a hysterectomy, how would this affect my sexual life?   Fibroids, or muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, are extremely common. According to … Continued

Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

Amidst the large and sometimes confusing variety of hormone replacement therapy options, “natural” hormones have been growing in both visibility and popularity. Creams containing wild yam extracts or natural progesterone, or oral natural progesterone preparations are emerging as the HRT option of choice for some women. What are these products, and what is known about … Continued

Women and Fibroids: Making the Best Decisions

Uterine fibroids are an extremely common, but not very well-understood, women’s health topic. When a woman is told that she has fibroids, her first question is usually “What do I do?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question, finding the answers often leads her to embark on a confusing journey in which she is likely … Continued

Pelvic Pain That Won’t Go Away

Are you experiencing pelvic pain that just won’t go away? Pelvic pain is just one of many symptoms women may experience when diagnosed with uterine fibroids also known as “leiomyoma” or “myoma”. Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids can range in size from seedlings, undetectable to the eye, … Continued


Hysterectomy in the United States: Background Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women who are of reproductive age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006-2010, 11.7 percent of women between the ages of 40-44 had a hysterectomy.1 Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually … Continued

Lupron-What Does It Do To Women’s Health?

Here at the Network, we often receive emails or calls from women seeking health care information about specific procedures or tests. Something different’s been happening recently, however: we’ve received several messages from women asking the Network to explore the safety of a drug commonly used in fertility treatments: Lupron® (leuprolide acetate). This drug was originally … Continued