Alternatives to Hormones and Hysterectomy
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I have recurring uterine polyps and in the last five years I've had three procedures to remove them. I have been using a holistic approach that includes a natural progesterone cream and other supplements to keep them at bay, but as soon as I lower the dosage, the polyps return. It seems that [progesterone] hormone therapy/birth control pills or a partial hysterectomy are my only options. I don't like the idea of either one, but the heavy bleeding, painful cramps, and other symptoms are getting to be too much. Are there any options other than an annual polyp removal or the treatments mentioned above?
Recurrent uterine polyps are particularly common for women in their forties, as hormone levels begin to diminish before menopause. While uterine polyps are rarely if ever malignant, they do cause bleeding and cramping and therefore need to be removed.
Other than yearly polyp removal or hormone therapy to completely eliminate periods that lead to polyp growth, another alternative to consider may be uterine ablation. This is a surgical procedure that removes the entire lining of the uterus using a laser technique. It is more extensive that a typical D&C [dilation and curettage, a surgical procedure that removes the contents of the uterus], and therefore may prevent the return of uterine polyps for a longer period of time. Since uterine ablation is a newer procedure, be sure you consult a physician who is experienced in this technique before you decide to pursue it as a possible treatment option.
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