We recently had a patient in the office who was diagnosed and treated 10 years ago for fibroid tumors and endometriosis. She had experienced early menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and mood swings. At that time her naturopath recommended a bio-identical estrogen supplement. She was told that hormone therapy would NOT have an effect on any possible remaining fibroids. Sadly, this is not true. She now has a 7cm fibroid producing serious low back pain. IF you have any female disorder that requires estrogen to proliferate: fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis, you run the risk of recurrent disease once you begin hormone supplementation.
What is a D&C? It stands for Dilatation and Curettage. This is a minor surgical procedure that is often recommended by healthcare practitioners to treat heavy bleeding. The cervix is dialated and a small curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus away. This can significantly reduce bleeding until the lining is regenerated. Unfortunately, a D&C is used all too often as a treatment for fibroid tumors and adenomyosis. This procedure can temporarily reduce the bleeding symptoms but does nothing to actually treat the primary diseases. Women often get a false sense of security once the bleeding is reduced…..take care, the fibroid tumors and adenomyosis are still growing.
Fibroid tumors are benign solid tumors of the uterus.
Many women can get pregnant and carry to term with these tumors. The outcome
is often dependent on 3 factors: the size of the fibroids, the number of the fibroids and the specific location of the tumors. The greater the size, and the greater the number, will decrease chances of fertility. Location is also vital for outcome. Tumors that are deep within the intramural area of the uterus or those impinging on the endometrial cavity can and often produce miscarriage. If you get a diagnosis of Fibroids, do not wait for treatment. Have them removed as soon as possible.