We have often heard of women developing certain growths in the organs of the reproductive system. Some of these growths can be uterine fibroids and many women are seeking treatments for uterine fibroids without any surgery necessary.
There is still a lot of information about fibroids that we do not know. What most of us only know is that while a single cell usually grow, develop and multiply, the cell that causes a fibroid to grow is one that has grown rather abnormally or differently than the others. Despite the growing research on this subject in medicine, the reason why a cell grows wrongly is still undetermined. There are evidences, however, that the level of progesterone is related to the growth of these fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are common among women reaching the age of 30 to 40 years and above. It is also known as myoma. It consists of fibrous connective tissues and smooth muscle cells of different sizes. Uterine fibroids can be found within or outside the uterus and they are usually benign or non-cancerous. Since the cause of the growth of uterine fibroids is progesterone and estrogen, as long as your body continues to produce these hormones, the fibroids will not stop from appearing.
There are certain causes to the growth of uterine fibroids such as being overweight; having an early menstrual cycle especially before reaching the age of 10; or when you have never experienced being pregnant. A racial factor has also been found as a risk factor of the growth of fibroids. It is believed that black women are affected 3 to 9 times more than white women.
If you suspect that you have uterine fibroids, you can go for a test. Your doctor may most likely take an examination of your vagina, ovaries and uterus to detect any developing fibroids in your system. This can be done through imaging tests such as ultra sound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-Ray and CT scan.
What are your uterine fibroid surgery options?
Once you have been diagnosed, there is a uterine fibroid surgery that can be done to remove the fibroids in your body. This uterine fibroid surgery is called the myomectomy. Myomectomy is the removal of the fibroids and reconstructing and repairing the uterus. This uterine fibroid surgery is a great and perfect option for women who are hoping to correct the condition and maintain their fertility in order to conceive children.
A standard method in performing myomectomy is called the laparotomy. This is performed by making a 4-6 inch incision just below the pubic hair line. The covering of the uterus that is also covering the fibroid is cut and the fibroids are removed from the uterus. When the procedure has been done, the normal uterine muscle is sewn back together. This procedure can last for 1-2 hours depending on the number and location of the fibroids and the patient is advised to remain at the hospital for 3-4 days.
Another uterine fibroid surgery is called the laparoscopic myomectomy. This procedure is usually performed as an outpatient surgery and is referred to as the new revolution of gynecologic surgery because of it offers quick results and recovery of patients.
What are your uterine fibroid non-surgery options?
If you don’t want to go ‘under the knife’ and be subjected under the pain of surgery, there are uterine fibroid non-surgery options that you may consider. However, before proceeding to any type of uterine fibroid non-surgery treatment, you must have the needed ‘go’ signal from your doctor. You need to wait and assess your condition first before you will get your doctor’s approval.
Some of the uterine fibroid non-surgery options are:
- Take herbal remedies such as Chaste berry or Vitex agnus castus. It is referred to as biologically identical to progesterone and is popularly used by medical practitioners as an alternative treatment for uterine fibroids. This remedy is known to enhance progesterone levels and results can be seen within eight weeks.
- Lower your intake of sugar and alcohol are also great uterine fibroid non-surgery options. Too much of these present in your body give your body a hard time regulating your hormones.
- Avoid or minimize your consumption of red meat as it has been found to be correlated to the growth of fibroids.
If you are currently dealing with uterine fibroids and you badly want to get rid of them as soon as possible, it is an important reminder never to rush into doing more advanced treatments. Seek medical help and be properly prescribed on the right treatment for you. It might be safer to go natural first and slowly ease your way up to more advanced uterine fibroid surgery procedures.