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The source for women's health and fibroids

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The source for women's health and fibroids

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Top Ten Fibroid Facts

Fibroids stand as a leading problem for a large portion of women. Up to 40 percent of women age 35 and older have uterine fibroids of a significant size. Furthermore, African-American women are at an even greater  risk of being affected by fibroids, in which as many as 50 percent of black women have fibroids of a significant size.

Fibroid tumours may start in women when they are in their 20's, however, most women do not begin to have symptoms until they are in their late 30’s or 40’s. In most cases, physicians are not able to predict if a fibroid will grow or cause symptoms.

Although the exact cause for fibroid development is still unclear, studies have shown that most of the women affected by fibroids are in their childbearing years. Also, African American develop fibroids more often and at a younger age than women of other ethnic groups.

Due to the alarming number of women that are affected by fibroids, the Fibroid Treatment Collective offers “Top 10 Things Women Should Know About Fibroids.” 

1.  Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, but are most common in women ages 40 to 50.

2.  Depending on size, location and number of fibroids, common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and passage of clots, which can lead to anemia.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination
  • Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
  • Infertility

3.  No one is sure why women develop fibroids which affect 40% of women over 35 years in America and have a high rate of incidence among African Americans.  There is a possible link between uterine fibroid tumors and estrogen production.

4.  Fibroids are diagnosed with an ultrasound in their gynecologist’s office.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also used to determine how fibroids can be treated and provide information about any underlying disease.

5.  Uterine fibroids can be treated with surgery, including hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus, and myomectomy, which removes the fibroids but leaves the uterus. Both are major surgeries.

6.  Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, about 300,000 due to uterine fibroids.

7.  Over 50 percent of women who get hysterectomies have their ovaries removed, rendering them infertile.

8.  Embolization has emerged as the safest, simplest, cost effective way to treat fibroids. Embolization requires a very small incision. Embolization basically cures fibroids by starving them.

9.  Uterine Fibroid Embolization has an overall success rate of 94 percent.

10.  Recurrence after embolization has not occurred. This is one of its major advantages over myomectomy, where fibroids which have been surgically removed often grow back.

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids or want to find out more information about fibroids and the embolization procedure, we invite you to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 866-362-6463. You can also learn more by participating in our live chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.   

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0 #39 Jodi 2010-12-23 06:52
Dear S Sinha: We're so sorry your wife has been experiencing so much pain. The best way for us to get the right information to you both is to have her speak with a doctor or staff nurse. Our office does offer free consultations by calling 866-362-6463. You can also request a Live Chat by click on the purple button on the left. Best of health to you and your wife!
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0 #38 s sinha 2010-12-19 21:25
My wife aged 42 has a large fibroid measuring 8X6 cm. Earlier she was experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding but due to homoeopathy treatment for the last 10 months the growth of fibroid stopped and free flowing lasts only 3 days during periods. But time to time pain in lower abdomen area still persist and early in the morning before discharging urine fibroid is seen like a hard ball in lower area. Can it be fully shrinked or go for a decision for hysterectomy/wa it till menopause.Pleas e note we have only one girl child and want no more.Pl. tell.
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0 #37 Barbara 2010-11-26 14:23
As I read your posts I have compassion for all of you. I started getting fibroids or atleast feeling them when I was 31. I do believe that I had them when I was in my 20's because sex was just too painful. I hdthem removed when I was 34; by 40 they had grown backwith a vengence. I had changed doctors by then, my new doctor said if they don't bother you don't bother them. She said they grow fromthe blood supply during my menstrual cycle. When you go through menoposethe blood supply will be cut off. Well, I started menopaust at 48, I think that was a couple years too early. Any way 4 years later my period finally went away; however, every 2 to 3 weeks, I get the cramps and I can feel them. I think they have started to impact my bowles. When I was 40 I went to an herbalist, he said that dairy and caffiene is what causes them. I got a sonogram done. I stopped drinking coffee, stopped the dairy products and 6 months later I got another sonogram and guess what - They had shrunk. Too bad I went to Starbucks and got hooked on Coffee. When I don't have coffee - I can't function properly and get headaches. Never had trouble stopping before I started drinking Starbucks. I am going to have to kick the cafiene and dairy for good or I will have to have ahistorectomy. I was told that embolization does not work if the fibroids are on top of the uterus like mine. I will get a second opinion. Also I will try the wheat grass. If you drink cafiene or consume dairy products - consider kicking it. But get exrayed before and after to see if it helps. Maybe one of you can lead the pack in curing ourselves. T o all of you, keep your head! God Bless!
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0 #36 Cree 2010-10-21 14:32
According to Louise Hay: Fibroid s, Tumors and Cysts are caused by nursing a hurt from a partner. A blow to the feminine ego. The affirmation to use is: I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life. I was hurt badly by the actions my very recent former partner. Though we also shared many many good times, I spent the last 3 years in turmoil over things that I'm better off letting go. I forgive all. I release all. I believe letting go of stress and being open to forgiveness is the real answer to ALL health problems! Live peacefully! I am going to combine that affirmation with the vitamin E and wheat grass! Love and Blessings!!
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0 #35 Lisa 2010-09-11 11:26
i had a UFE uterine fibroid embolization a few years ago, i had super heavy periods where i had to wear diapers i needed a blood transfusion and my uterus was 22 weeks pregnant size with huge 13 cm fibroids plus others, it was the best thing i even did, i was anti hysterectomy and so it took me 5 years to find a dr. willing to refer me for it so my insurance an hmo would cover it, i had it done at holy cross hospital in CA. dr. grossman was my obgyn that gave me the referal to have it done. my large fibroids shrunk and one of them actually fell out, then i had a lot of discharge from the shrinking, but i stuck it out and now i am all better, i have a bunch of tiny fibroids now that do not cause me any problems. get the ufe u will never ever regret you did!!! they have a yahoo group for this where u can talk to others that have done it.
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0 #34 beth 2010-09-10 02:48
Not only is the procedure an approved treatment of fibroids, but it has also been performed in the US since 1995. Moreover, many insurance companies cover the UFE procedure; therefore, patients are able to worry less about financing this procedure and focus more on recovering from fibroids. Hope this helps! FTC
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0 #33 Jacquie Fostar 2010-09-07 17:09
Hi Ladies, Please make sure you see a doctor who has experience with any procedure. I suffered from flooding, anemia and finally had to work from home 3 days a month. I was so anti hysterectomy. I waited til my uterus was the size of a three month pregnancy. It was the best decision and I wished I had done the homework and risk taking time off work to just have it done. NEVER regretted not going throug menopause and NEVER regretted not having a cyle. HRT has been awesome for me. BUT I did my homework and if I hadn't waited so long, embolization would have been much easier.
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0 #32 Laura A 2010-09-07 10:56
Do the insurance companies consider Embolization an elective/cosmet ic procedure or do they cover this procedure?
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0 #31 Darla Gliptis 2010-09-02 11:50
I had Fibroid Embolization done 5 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I had a mass of small tumors the size of a large orange and extremely heavy bleeding. I bled so much I couldn't leave the house the first 2 days of my period. After the procedure I felt like a new person. I have had normal periods and feel so good now. I'm so glad I heard about this before I had major surgery.I was 45 years old then and beyond wanting to have babies.
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0 #30 Melissa B. 2010-08-25 15:26
I had the embolization procedure done in 2002, and it was the best decision I could have made. It was done by a radiologist and I spent the night in the hospital - was back at work in a couple of days. For about a year I experienced what felt like menstrual cramps, as the fibroids shrank, and I welcomed that sensation. I have since had 2 friends go through the procedure, and one of them was able to get pregnant several times after. They both went home the same day - I think they would have been more comfortable spending a night with the good pain killers... My mom had read about it and I had to change doctors to find one who was willing to recommend it - I don't think it was a coincidence that she was a woman. The male doctor I had seen previously, my primary care doctor, didn't understand why I was reluctant to have a hysterectomy since I wasn't planning to have children. That was my last visit to his practice. If you are a candidate for this procedure, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It was the best solution for me, and I am so grateful to have had the option.
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