Wallace K, Zhang S, Thomas L, Stewart EA, Nicholson WK, Wegienka GR, Wise LA, Laughlin-Tommaso SK, Diamond MP, Marsh EE, Jacoby VL, Anchan RM, Venable S, Larry GM, Lytle B, Wang T, Myers ER. Comparative effectiveness of hysterectomy versus myomectomy on one-year health-related quality of life in women with uterine fibroids. Fertil Steril. 2020 Mar;113(3):618-626. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.10.028. PubMed PMID: 32192594.
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Study Analyzes Treatments for Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids—growths in the uterus that may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and feelings of abdominal pressure—are common health problems in women of childbearing age. They occur more frequently in African-American women than in women of other races. The PCORI-funded COMPARE-UF study set up a registry of women treated for fibroids to compare multiple outcomes of different treatment options.
One study done using information from COMPARE-UF compared two types of uterine fibroid removal: hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, and myomectomy, which is removal of only the fibroids. As published in Fertility and Sterility, both treatments increased quality of life one year after treatment. Depending on whether fibroid removal was done using abdominal or minimally invasive surgery, there were slight or no differences in quality of life.