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.
As we approach the end of this decade, I am sad to report we are still performing almost 700,000 hysterectomies annually; 500,000 are for non-cancerous diseases like Fibroid Tumors, Endometriosis, and Adenomyosis. Many side effects associated with hysterectomy are irreversible and/or negative like: bladder incontinence, constipation, hormone imbalance and sexual dysfunction-no desire or feeling, as well as emotional and psychological damage. If you are interested in a holistic medical approach and want to keep your organs, please do your research. Our practice as been offering women a laser surgical holistic alternative to hysterectomy for over 15 years. Do not agree to a surgery unless you know it is right for you…..
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.
Fibroids,also known as myomas or leiomyomas, are noncancerous tumors of the uterus. They are strictly found in and around the uterus, nowhere else in the pelvis. There are several common types based on location: Pedunculated, Subserosal, Submucosal and Intramural. Pedunculated tumors are attached to the uterus with a stalk and free float in the abdomen or the endometrial cavity. They are not within the muscle of the uterus. Subserosal are those tumors just beneath the outer surface of the uterus. Submucosal are tumors deep within the muscular layer of the uterus and often are adjacent to and impinge on the endometrial lining. Finally, Intramural myomas are found deep within any area of the uterine muscle. All can be successfully removed with our surgery.
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.