Some of you have mentioned that you would like to know more about the “watchful waiting” phase of fibroid treatment. We recognize that it can be confusing when a doctor tells you to wait and do nothing when there is obviously something going on with your body. How is it that seemingly ignoring a medical condition could be the best thing to do?
The important thing to remember is that “watchful waiting” is recommended only under certain circumstances. According to Dr. John Lipman, a Fibroid Relief Advisory Board member, “Watchful waiting is for someone with fibroids and no symptoms or symptoms that are minimal or manageable.”
The logic is that, since some fibroids will disappear on their own, or will cause only minimal symptoms, it is better not to undergo active treatment unless it is necessary. Fibroid treatments – with the exception of non-invasive focused ultrasound – can involve an incision and its inherent risks, as well as a lengthy recovery time that takes you away from your responsibilities. So, sometimes it is best just to wait and see what happens.
The good news is that, while you are in the “watchful waiting” phase, there are things you can do to try to reduce or eliminate the fibroids. You can experiment with natural treatment options, which may not be as beneficial when the fibroids are larger and/or more problematic. You can also make lifestyle and diet adjustments. See our recent blogs on natural treatments and lifestyle and diet changes for some helpful ideas.
Something else you can do during “watchful waiting” is to educate yourself about available treatment options in case you get to the point of needing treatment. The more aware you are of the various options, the more empowered you will be as you work with your doctor to find the right one. Our treatment options chart can be a helpful resource for learning more about options.
Let us know what you think of “watchful waiting.” Did your doctor suggest it? How did it work out? Did you do anything to help alleviate your fibroids during this phase?
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