How to Shrink & Eliminate Very Large Fibroid Tumors

Your doctor can explain the best treatment options for your fibroid tumors.
Your doctor can explain the best treatment options for your fibroid tumors. (Image: female doctor #6 image by Adam Borkowski from

Fibroid tumors are most commonly found in a woman's uterus, though they may rarely appear in other organs with smooth muscle cells. When someone suffers from very large fibroid tumors, they often experience pain, bleeding, and discomfort that can be alleviated with treatment. In order to shrink large tumors and eventually get rid of them, it is necessary to consult with a doctor and choose the best method of treatment for your particular circumstances.

Undergo hormone therapy. A doctor will generally prescribe medication containing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which will shrink large fibroids.

Get a uterine artery embolization, which entails having a catheter inserted through the femoral artery and maneuvered to the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids. Once the tubes are in place, agents that block the flow of blood to the fibroids are fed into the tube and they eventually die.

Speak to your doctor about having a myomectomy (my-oh-MEK-ta-mee). This is a surgery in which the fibroid is removed without taking out any other organs. Women can still have children if a large uterine fibroid is removed this way, but new fibroids may crop up afterward. Roughly 25 percent of women who have a myomectomy will need a hysterectomy a few years down the line.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are no known medications that will permanently shrink fibroids.

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