The Fibroids-Diet Connection

  More than a decade ago, researchers identified a connection between a meat-heavy diet (specifically, the consumption of ham and beef) and uterine fibroids. The same study, published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology,…

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…

What Causes Fibroids: The Known Risk Factors

  Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are the most common benign pelvic tumor in pre-menopausal women. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, uterine fibroids will affect 8 in 10 African American women and…

Where can I learn more about fibroid treatment options?

If you have been newly diagnosed with fibroid tumors or fear that you might have developed one or more fibroids, it is valuable to educate yourself on the condition and all of the treatment options available. These days, Internet research is,…

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…

Types of Fibroids

Uterine fibroids, the most prevalent benign pelvic tumor in women, are estimated to affect more than 70% of reproductive-age women. Although all uterine fibroids arise from myometrium, they are classified by their location in the uterus. Uterine…