The Atlanta Fibroid Clinic Blog

The Sad Truth About Hysterectomies

More than 95% of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year are not needed and could have been avoided with less invasive treatments developed in the last 15 years. Unfortunately, most women are told they have no treatment options other than a hysterectomy when there are other viable options available for safely treating uterine fibroids.

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Uterine Fibroids: The African-American Disparity

It is estimated that around 25 million women between the ages of 15 to 50 have uterine fibroids. Of these women, at least 15 million will endure heavy symptoms and have health problems associated with fibroids. Almost a quarter of African-American women between the ages of 18 and 30 have fibroids. By the time they reach the age of 35, this number increases to 60% due to various reasons and potential risk factors that are both hereditary, environmental and sociological.

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Fibroids and Exercise

Fibroid development is often linked to estrogen and progesterone levels in women’s bodies. These hormones work together to regulate our menstrual cycles. Exercise affects estrogen and progesterone levels within women’s bodies by moderating them. Regular exercise may help to prevent the growth of fibroids by reducing hormones and the fibroid activity they often trigger.

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Do I have Fibroids

Unless you have symptoms, you probably won’t know that you have uterine fibroids. If your primary care physician suspects fibroids, they’ll usually carry out a pelvic examination to look for any obvious signs. One of the main tests carried out to diagnose fibroids are painless and effective scans such as an ultrasound or MRI.

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Fibroids and Anemia

Fibroids and Anemia Are Connected:

Heavy or excessive bleeding means a woman suffering from fibroids will also lose large quantities of iron and hemoglobin, causing a depletion of oxygen in her body, which leads to iron-deficiency anemia. People who are anemic experience fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and an overall sense of weakness.

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Intimacy after UFE

Libido is adversely affected by fibroids, which are in turn affected by hormones within a woman’s body, especially estrogen and progesterone. Fibroids tend to grow faster during a woman’s reproductive years when hormone levels are at their peak.

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Preparing For Your Appointment

Being prepared is key to having an effective consultation. If you bring all of the information about your fibroids, including the imaging studies, you will be providing the interventional radiologist with, ideally, all of the information needed to make a decision about UFE.

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Menstruation and Fibroids

Around one in three women develop fibroids before age 50. They are harmless about 99 percent of the time, but don’t ignore them. The complications they cause, like clotting and excessive bleeding, can lead to secondary issues like muscle weakness and fatigue.

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Fibroids? Essential Items For Holiday Travel

When it comes to alleviating holiday travel-related stress, having the right supplies with you can make a world of difference. That said, preparing for fibroids and air travel can be challenging, especially since you are only allowed to bring a small carryon bag with you.

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The Holidays And Fibroids

If you are suffering from painful, uncomfortable, or inconvenient fibroid symptoms like heavy bleeding, severe cramps, frequent urination, and low energy, and you add yet another level of stress to the equation… There’s little doubt that dealing with fibroids and making holiday plans are physically and emotionally draining.

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