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What do prolonged periods when diagnosed with fibroids indicate?

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Posted on Fri, 24 Mar 2017 in Women's Health
Question: I have been diagnosed with fibroids. i notice in the past few months, my perioda are getting longer. is there anything I can do for them. i am 45.
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Hello,

1. Do you still have the regular periods ?
2. Did you have an ultrasound ? Did they comment on the size of the fibroids ?
3. Are you currently on any medication ?
4. Is there any reason that you cannot be on hormones ?

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yes just longer no to size just location no meds and no reason for hormones
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Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Fibroid treatment involves either nothing, hormones, or surgery

Detailed Answer:
Fibroids, as you probably know, are extremely common. They do NOT become cancer but they are associated with heavy, painful periods. They tend to grow unpredictably, but they seem to evolve in women in their mid to late 40's. Their management is relatively straightforward but it might depend on their exact location. You can:

1. Do nothing, knowing that they will not turn into cancer
2. You could go onto birth control pills which would lessen the bleeding or cramping
3. If the fibroids were in the uterine lining, they might be amenable to resection using a camera through the cervix
4. You could pursue a hysterectomy - this is the most definitive way to deal with the fibroid uterus.

Please tell me what other questions you have.
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