Uterine fibroid clinical study at Mercy Hospital St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -  Mercy Hospital St. Louis is looking for participants for a new study on uterine fibroids, which can cause painful menstrual cycles and heavy bleeding, really affecting a woman's quality of life.

Dr. David Levine is a gynecologist with Mercy Hospital St. Louis discusses traditional and new treatments for uterine fibroids. He says uterine fibroids are benign muscle tumors, and 80 percent of women have them, but most of the time they are not bothersome. Uterine fibroids are traditionally treated with a hysterectomy, removing the uterus, or hormone therapy.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis are conducting a sonata- tm study which is designed to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding caused by uterine fibroids. The study will establish if the heat energy can make fibroids shrink and reduce fibroid-related symptoms.

The study calls for pre-menopausal women between ages 25-50 with fibroids, who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and do not wish to become pregnant. Participants will receive treatment and all study-related care at no cost.

If you'd like more information on the uterine fibroid study or would like to participate call 314-583-7473 or visit www.sonatatrial.com.

By Tess Hill