Uterine Fibroids Take Heavy Toll on Women

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Uterine Fibroids Take Heavy Toll on Women
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 10:30am

According to Health Day News, women wait too long to get treatment for uterine fibroids despite the heavy toll it takes on them. "Women with uterine fibroids wait more than three years on average before seeking treatment, even though symptoms often interfere with their everyday lives, a new survey finds.

These benign tumors affect up to 80 percent of women before the age of 50, and are the leading cause of hysterectomy -- surgical removal of the uterus -- in the United States.

Nearly 1,000 women with fibroids responded to the Harris Interactive survey, and close to one-third of those with jobs said they missed work because of symptoms, including heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, cramping and fatigue.

Many of the women expressed concern about fibroid treatment. More than three-quarters said they would prefer noninvasive approaches, more than half wanted to preserve their uterus, and younger women were often focused on preserving their fertility." read more

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Registered: 11-24-2013
Sun, 11-24-2013 - 7:05am

Uterine fibroids are caused by a condition referred to as "estrogen dominance", meaning there is not enough progesterone being produced to counteract the harmful side of estrogen.  Hormone balance therapy should be an integral part of healthcare.

I had fibroids for ten years. I was ultrasounded yearly, and told they would shrink at menopause. I lived my life around the bleeding. I could shop for maybe an hour before the next "flood". I was told "no one ever died of fibroids", that they were harmless.

In 2007 I asked two different doctors for a hysterectomy. They said it wasn't necessary, that the fibroids would eventually shrink. 

In 2009 I was diagnosed with stage two uterine cancer.  I then learned that the fibroids were an indication that I was "estrogen dominant".  I believe the medical community knows the value of hormone balance as a form of preventing breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancer, but has little incentive monetarily to act accordingly. There is big money to be made "treating" cancer.