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Exciting New Treatments for Fibroids:
Aromatase Inhibitors

Aromatase Inhibitors [“AI’s”]* were originally developed to treat breast cancer. They block the conversion of estrogen-precursor molecules to estrogen in many types of cells (see picture). By blocking conversion of precursor molecules to estrogen, AI’s stop hormone-dependent tumors such as breast cancer and fibroids. AI’s offer exciting potential to treat any hormone-dependent condition with laser-like [...]

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Hysterectomy: Destined to be a Dinosaur?

A February 2009 article in a major ob-gyn journal discussed the decline in the national hysterectomy rate and its implication for training future gynecologists. Nationally the rate of hysterectomy dropped by nearly two percent from 1999 through 2005. In some states, such as California, hysterectomy plunged  twenty percent. Currently residents training in obstetrics-gynecology do an [...]

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Global Endometrial Ablation for Abnormal Bleeding:
New Solution to Old Problem

Treatment temp 70 degrees C Treatment time 6 minutes 10 cm cavity max Can treat small irregularities (fibroids) Available 2003 Have you had a global ablation procedure? How satisfied were you with it? What are the pros and cons for you?

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Miracle Drug for Fibroids

One of the new treatments for fibroids stands out as being the closest thing to a "miracle drug"  for fibroids as we've found yet. So, given that up to 70% of women will experience fibroids in their lifetime, what is this drug and why haven't you heard of it? Mifepristone is a progesterone receptor antagonist: [...]

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Alternatives to Hysterectomy for Fibroids

Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, second only to cesarean section. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States. Reducing the need for hysterectomy is one way to provide sustainable health care. Less invasive treatments for fibroids is one substantial way to reduce the need for [...]

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Should You Have a Hysterectomy?

The above quote from "My Fair Lady" is inverted, but consider this: What if men were women and they had as much trouble with their reproductive systems as we do? How likely do you think the main treatment for men would be to surgically remove their entire reproductive systems to deal with the problem? Or [...]

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