FIBROIDS

Fibroids are very common among women. Unfortunately, most women are confused about what they are and how best to treat.

Fibroids are solid tumors that are derived from the muscle cells of the uterus. Not all fibroids cause symptoms. Symptomatic fibroids are associated with heavy and prolong menstrual bleeding, lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain, creating possible fertility issues. While seldom life threatening, symptomatic fibroids can have a dramatic and negative impact on the quality of a woman’s life.

Most doctors tell women to wait until we are symptomatic before seeking help for their fibroids.

We think that’s too late. We want to encourage women to be more proactive regarding their fibroids. The following chart has been designed to help women to be more proactive.

Highlights:

  1. Every woman should be checked for anemia periodically. In a otherwise healthy female, anemia is usually due to heavy menstrual bleeding which may be secondary to fibroids.
  2. If you are an African American woman, you are at a higher risk for fibroids. You should:
    • talk with the females in your family about fibroids, in order to know your family history
    • check your Vitamin D level and correct any Vitamin D deficiency.
    • get periodic pelvic ultrasounds. Know and monitor the size of fibroids.
    • Don’t wait.
  3. Eat to include nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, avoiding highly processed, high in fat, high in sugar, nutrient-poor foods. Limit your exposure to chemicals that act like “hormones” that are known to affect our reproductive organs. Unfortunately these chemicals ie phthalates, BPA, parabens are in our food, our hair and personal hygiene products. They are ubiquitous. For your health and the health of your offspring avoid endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs) as much as possible.

Should you become symptomatic with your fibroids, you will need to decide whether to

  1. treat your symptoms ie heavy bleeding or
  2. reduce, destroy or remove your fibroids with/without your uterus.

This could be life altering decision. Let’s try to prevent this. Be proactive when it comes to your health.

The “MY FIBROID” chart is provided below for your consideration:

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