Knowing the side effects of hormone-based fibroid treatments is important if you have to use them for a period of time. Of course, the method you choose can depend on your symptoms - and preference. Being aware of possible adverse effects ahead of time helps you understand and manage them if they happen.
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Introduction - About Fibroids
Fibroids are benign growths of the Uterus.
They are common, occuring in 30-40% of women.
Most commonly women of African, Afro-Carribean and African- American origin are affected by Fibroids.
Fibroids can cause considerably disabling symptoms - including heavy, painful periods, urinary problems, miscarriages and sometimes infertility.
It is thought that Fibroids' development is associated with hormones - Oestrogen and Progesterone.
There are other possible associations for developing Fibroids - learn more in this video.
Some of the treatments for Fibroids are to deal with pain, bleeding or to shrink the size of the Fibroids - you can learn more about these treatments here.
In this post, we share the side effects for some of the hormone-based medicines used in treating Fibroids.
Some Side Effects of Hormone-based Fibroid Treatments
Some of these medications modify the effect of hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Others affect the regulatory hormones controlling the reproductive cycle to address the symptoms.
We summarise the treatments and their side effects in these treatments below. Speak to your doctor if any of these concern you.
InfoGram - Medication Side Effects
Many women rightly worry about side effects of medication - and knowing them in advance helps you decide if you can tolerate them and what to expect when taking them.
Let us know if this helps - and if there are other side effects you've experienced, please share them below.
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