Cure Uterine Fibroids with Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Argonists (GnRha)
These are a selection of medications that are commonly used for the treatment of uterine fibroids by preventing the body from producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone which are believed to be at the root of fibroid tumors.
They help to create a menopause like state so as to be able to shrink fibroids and reduce heavy bleeding. The drugs commonly used are nafareline, buserelin, leuprolide, etc.
Leuprolide (Lupron) is probably the best known of these medications and treatment usually covers a period of 1 to 6 months and is administered in one month or three month injectable doses. The length of the treatment with this drug will depend upon;
- Uterine fibroids symptoms
- Uterine fibroids size
- Vaginal bleeding
- Side effects experienced
- Surgical treatment if any
Lupron has been shown to reduce heavy bleeding in about 80 percent of women. 60 percent of women have also reported a decrease in the uterus size. Size of the tumors also decreased in about 50 percent of patients. Abdominal and pelvic pain and pressure were also decreased.
As with all hormonal treatment therapies that seek to suppress estrogen and progesterone production, they will create a menopause like environment in the patient. This means that any woman who chooses this therapy will have menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, etc, including the more worrisome bone mineral density loss. Also, after the hormonal treatment is stopped, it will be back to square one with the re-growth of the fibroid tumors.
Lupron and many other hormonal therapies should be avoided if you are pregnant, breast feeding or allergic to some ingredients in these medications.
Other Hormonal Therapies Used to Cure Uterine Fibroids
a. Birth control pills may be used to alleviate heavy bleeding resulting from having fibroids by thinning the thickness of the uterus’ inner lining. You should not use this therapy if you are a smoker over the age of 35, have a history of blood clots in the legs or lungs or if you have a history of breast cancer.
b. Abnormal bleeding may also be decreased by a hormone containing IUD called Mirena which features the progesterone hormone called levonorgestrel.
If you do decide to use hormone therapy to cure uterine fibroids, be aware that they come with various side effects and may be expensive unless your insurance is able to cover all or part of the cost. They also are not designed to be used long term which means that once stopped, the tumors may return. It may be better for you to consider using fibroid natural treatment methods instead.