What Is A GnRH Agonist?

If you've done a little homework on fibroid treatments or discussed treatment options with your gynecologist, you may have encountered the term "GnRH agonist". Here's what it is: GnRH stands for Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone; it is a hormone…

Endometrial Ablation vs. Radiofrequency Ablation: What's The Difference?

  The term "ablation" refers to a process by which tissue is destroyed, typically using either heat (thermal ablation) or cold (cryoablation). Ablative technologies are used to treat numerous medical conditions, including gynecological…

Fibroid Treatments Demystified, Part II: Radiofrequency Ablation (Acessa Procedure)

How Radiofrequency Ablation (RFVTA) Works Acessa's RFVTA is performed laparoscopically in an outpatient setting, with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes two tiny abdominal incisions (no wider than 1/4 inch), and inserts…

Fibroid Treatments Demystified, Part I: Uterine Artery Embolization

Many women of reproductive age seek uterine-sparing methods of fibroid treatment: uterine artery embolization (UAE), sometimes called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), is one of the hysterectomy alternatives available to women with fibroids. How…

The Future of Fibroid Research

Hysterectomy may have been the prevailing standard for treating uterine fibroids in the past, but times have changed. Abundant research on the subject of fibroids has yielded new advances in treatment modalities for the condition, fueled by…

Fibroids' Psychological Toll

Fibroids hurt. The pain isn't just physical: the psychological toll that comes with symptomatic fibroids is profound. In a 2014 study on the emotional impact of fibroids, researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine surveyed…

How Fibroids Affect Fertility

For women of childbearing age who are diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids, a common concern is how fibroids will impact their fertility. Fortunately, the incidence of infertility occurring as a direct result of fibroids is low. While research has…

Why Fibroids Are Everyone's Problem

Uterine fibroids, benign pelvic tumors that are also known as leiomyomas, are a nightmare for more than just the millions of women who endure the condition's symptoms: the U.S. healthcare system also feels the pain. A 2011 study by Cardozo et.…

Fibroids Are Not Color Blind

Over the years, researchers have examined the epidemiological connection between a wide variety of patient characteristics and the occurrence of uterine fibroids, seeking to identify risk factors. Age, weight, diet, geographic location, lifestyle…