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Uterine fibroids are a pain – literally. I’ve had them for my entire life, and they are no joke. These benign (non-cancerous) growths in the uterus can be extremely painful, and they can last for years or for life. But wit all of that pain, there is some hope. Although uterine fibroids may make you feel like you’re dying, they are not deadly, and they are also treatable.
Uterine Fibroids – My Story
Uterine fibroids have plagued me for my entire life, starting back from almost my first period. Ever since I was a young woman, I’ve dealt with chronic, intense pain in my abdomen from my fibroids. It’s a searing, burning, cramping pain that consumes my entire mid-section from my stomach all the way into my back. It’s so bad. On a good day, it can be just a dull ache, but when my period hits, it’s like a wildfire coupled with knives in my uterus and back. Even the lack of menstruation because of my pregnancy hasn’t helped to relieve the pain all that much. I still have days when my belly feels like it’s on fire, and I’m not alone.
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. That’s right, this common disorders strikes almost a quarter of a million women every year, and it usually takes a while before it’s diagnosed. Take my case, for example. For years, I thought I just had really bad periods and an “angry” uterus. It wasn’t until I went in for a checkup and mentioned it to my doctor that I started down the path of diagnosis. He did blood work and then imaging of my abdominal area, and fairly quickly he determined that I had uterine fibroids. I was so happy to receive a diagnosis, but unhappy to hear that it was a chronic condition.
Uterine Fibroids are Treatable
Don’t lose hope! Uterine fibroids are treatable! These growths don’t have to rule our lives. What most women don’t know is that there is a treatment option for uterine fibroids without the need for hormone therapy or having surgery. This procedure is called UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which offers a less invasive procedure while successfully treating fibroids. The process works by blocking the flow of blood to the uterine fibroids, thus depriving these growths of oxygen and nutrients that help it grow. The procedure lasts less than one hour and doesn’t require an extended hospital stay.
The ❝ Don’t lose your U ❞ campaign aims to empower women and help them take charge of their situation by educating them on all treatment options available. The best thing to do is to make a list of any symptoms you’re having before seeing a doctor. Remember, no detail is too small! Every piece of information can help. So make sure to take note of everything, even if you don’t think they’re related.
Don’t Let Uterine Fibroids Destroy Your Life
Uterine fibroids may be non-cancerous, but they can still severely impact your quality of life. Don’t let them! If you have an “angry uterus” like I thought I had, go see a doctor and ask if they can evaluate you for possible fibroids. Once you have a diagnosis, you’re one step closer to treating this painful, chronic condition.
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