The symptoms caused by fibroids tend to diminish after menopause as blood flow to the uterus and fibroids decreases and the fibroids subsequently shrink.
There are a number of drugs that will mimic menopause by blocking the hormone (gonadotrophin releasing hormone GnRH) that is responsible for the production of oestrogen, sale the female hormone. These are known as gonadorelin analogues or GnRH agonists.
They induce rapid menopause by blocking oestrogen production with the result that the blood levels to the fibroid drop and the fibroids get smaller, side effects as they would after menopause.
This is only a temporary treatment for fibroids, sometimes used to reduce them before surgery or menopause. However, drugs should not be used for longer than 6 months.
The side effects can be extremely unpleasant, which is why some gynaecologists do not use these drugs. They mimic menopausal symptoms -
Drug treatment is only a temporary measure before surgery. Fibroids will return to their normal size 24 weeks after treatment stops.
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