Medical Breakthroughs: Fibroid Pill

A breakthrough for millions of women with uterine fibroids, which can cause anemia, infertility and pain. But the most disabling symptom is severe menstrual bleeding.

There is a new experimental pill to help women who suffer from uterine fibroids. Before women could have surgery to remove the fibroids by burning them out, freezing them, or even starving them of blood.

Often the fibroids would grow back and a woman would have to have a hysterectomy. But now the new experimental pill will shrink them. Fibroids feed on the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The experimental pill leaves the woman's estrogen alone, but blocks much of her body's progesterone.

If the pill's eventually approved, doctors say it could help nearly half the women who otherwise would need surgery. And unlike a hysterectomy, the fibroid pill would still allow a woman to have children someday.