Shilpa H. Amin, MD, FAAFP, MBSc, clinician and patient advocate at Inova Health System in Virginia, has a unique perspective on women with uterine fibroids – as a patient, a primary care (family – geriatrics) physician, and as former Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Healthcare Program Medical Officer.
“Uterine fibroids impact the mind, body, and spirit of a woman. This condition permeates a woman’s life – how she functions. Most women have multiple roles that involve personal, professional, social, and family caregiving duties. The difficult symptoms of uterine fibroids have repercussions in multiple facets of a woman’s life.” Shilpa says.
What is COMPARE-UF?
COMPARE-UF is a registry* designed with input from women with fibroids that will gather information from women having treatment for uterine fibroids. This information will be used to help future patients, clinicians, and others make the most informed decisions about the best type of treatment for each patient's situation.
*A registry is a program that collects information about a person’s health to help answer specific questions to ultimately improve the medical care that people receive.
Are there alternatives to hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is not the only treatment for uterine fibroids, though it is the most common. COMPARE-UF will gather information about alternative treatment procedures.
As many as 3 out of 4 women have fibroids,
but not all women have symptoms or require treatment.
For women who require treatment,
there are alternatives to hysterectomy.