Beyond radiofrequency ablation, alternatives to hysterectomy include: Managing symptoms: Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce pain, and birth-control pills or an intrauterine device can reduce the bleeding. But neither will make the fibroids go away. Hormone blockers...Side effects include hot flashes and bone loss, so this is mostly used when menopause is near. Otherwise, the fibroids regrow when the drugs are stopped...Myomectomy: Fibroids (also known as leiomyomata) can be surgically removed either with a major incision in the abdomen, a laproscopic procedure or with a hysteroscopy through the cervix, depending on their size and location. The fibroids must be dissected and the uterus must be repaired, but women can still become pregnant afterward. Uterine artery embolization: The procedure, called UAE, involves threading a thin tube through an artery at the top of the leg and into a blood vessel that supplies the fibroid. Tiny plastic beads are injected to block the flow of blood, shrinking the fibroid. The embolization sometimes produces early menopause...High-frequency ultrasound: This method, called HIFU, uses an MRI to locate the fibroids and shrinks them (small fibroids) with highly focused sound waves."