Fibroids: Basic Info & What’s New

Normal Uterus
Uterus with Fibroid


Uterus with Multiple Fibroids

Fibroid tumors of the uterus are extremely common, but only sometimes cause symptoms in women. When they do, they can cause serious bleeding, pain, frequent urination, and constipation. The article below provides ACCURATE information about Fibroids―what they are, how to diagnose them and the options for treating them.

The only thing missing from that article is another medication  called ‘ Ulipristal Acetate ‘ that will hopefully be available in the US soon.  Ulipristal is available in the United States in a a high dose form used for emergency contraception under the name ELLA.  However, a much lower dose is sold under the name Esmya by Allergan to the rest of the world for heavy bleeding associated with fibroids with impressive results.  It shrinks fibroids, reduces bleeding and is not a hormone…it has not obtained FDA approval yet because of concerns about elevated liver enzymes found in some patients.  To read more about the medication here.