I have had fibroids (myomas) since I was 15. They were asymptomatic until Sept 2008. In April 2009 I had a UAE which reduced their size by 40%. Today, I still have some trouble controlling my bladder when exerting myself due to the pressure from the fibroids. The largest in on my fundas about 12 cm and a pedunculated one bends down to put pressure on the bladder as well. I considered another UAE; however, the radiologist thinks a myomectomy might be a better choice at this point. I am 46 years old and have never had children (although I tried). I do not want a hysterectomy and the thought of being cut open TERRIFIES me. I am estrogen dominant and have very little testosterone in my system (blood test read less than 20). I have tried herbs (vitex), chapperal and nattokinase. I know high sugar, soda and alcohol cause my fibroids to grow but can't figure out how to make them shrink. Is there any new research out there on what causes these things and how to reverse their growth?
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Anon - Thanks for your question. It's always a good idea to explore treatment options before having any type of surgery. EmpowHER has a section on fibroids which will interest you, and you can find information on treatment options at the following link: https://www.empowher.com/condition/uterine-fibroids/treatments
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