February 2, 2012

New European pill works against uterine fibroids


New research offers hope for the first pill to treat a common problem in young women: fibroids in the uterus. The growths can cause pain, heavy bleeding and fertility problems, and they are the leading cause of hysterectomies. In two studies, a lower dose of a "morning after" contraceptive pill stopped the bleeding and shrank the fibroids. It worked as well as shots of a hormone-blocking drug that has unpleasant side effects…Despite newer, less invasive alternatives, the rate of hysterectomies remains high, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic, wrote in an editorial in the journal. There's a need for good medical treatments and the new research "represents an important step in that direction."

AP, by Stephanie Nano, 02/01/2012

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Tags: contraceptive pill, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, fertility problems, fibroids in the uterus, Hysterectomies, ObGyn, Women's Health

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