New Use for Morning-After Pill

Dr. Jacques Moritz discusses new drug for uterine fibroids.
2:58 | 02/02/12

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A new study proposes that a version of the morning after pill may be the best solution for women when it comes to treating tumors known as fibroid. Joining us to discuss as ABC news medical contributor doctor jock -- stock warrants as -- as thanks for being went on so before we get into this new study want. Our uterine fibroid so fibroid are benign. -- to grow in the uterus because believing a lot heavily can be really really happy. Pressure on the Blatter and sometimes inability to get pregnant or to maintain pregnancy. Very very common it's estimated 77%. Of women watching right now have five. And it's important to say that we don't know really the causes of right hybrids all we can really do at this point is treat so talk to us about this new study you think this is pretty -- -- I think it's pretty good because 600000. Hysterectomies. Are done in this country you're the majority. Of them identified ports. And and -- into unnecessary. Let it be nice if we had some other things so right now we have a medicine that's an injection form. That can help kind of hold off the bleeding until somebody can go to surgery but this new medicine which is based on the current. Morning after than others to morning after toasters. Planet really plan B get over the counter and this one's called Allan requires a prescription just came out. In this country's been used overseas but they took this telemedicine and -- used it over a period of time and -- found to be more efficacious than anything that's on the market. So let's just be clear that this study only looked at Ella specifically -- which is a prescription. Morning after pill -- and I found that it was effective in addressing vibrates right it. Helped decrease the bleeding that's the major -- -- your blood count to go back up if you need surgery. They also found it had less side effects than the current injection medicine that's called -- -- That we give now hot flashes irritability all the menopausal symptoms much less witness and interestingly enough they found that when they stop this Madison. That the symptoms didn't come back for sometimes over nine month period so that makes it a big difference especially because fiber is really caused a problem. Just before menopause so we can use this medicine. Just to get somebody demand applause when the five -- -- them stop by themselves going to be a big deal. And we still don't know sort of the long term facts of taking Allah for five rights. But it seems encouraging -- if it seems that. The long term effects are probably less. In the long term effects of the current -- and be intact the injectable how so those long. How soon might we see this as an alternative for women that they can actually -- at well like we were talking about before this is already FDA approved. We just need to changed indication so the FDA says that this medicine is safe for people to take. Now we have to extend that or use it awfully and that could take a couple of -- here year. Well exciting style I think it's very actor Jack -- thank you so much to be.

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