A Message for our Female Veterans
Surveys completed by our female veterans’ reveal that many of them are struggling with pathologic conditions related to the female reproductive tract, namely fibroids, PCOS, and endometriosis. These conditions are usually observed in the later decades of a woman’s life, typically around menopause. However, it is not uncommon for women of child-bearing age to be diagnosed with any one of these illnesses. The incidence of fibroids is far greater than PCOS and endometriosis so we have made it the focus of this article. In this article, we hope to provide some information on fibroids to help women better understand their condition as well as their treatment options.
Fibroids are medically defined as benign tumors of smooth muscle (mesenchymal) origin that occur within the uterus. The uterus is the organ of the body that hosts the growing fetus in a pregnant woman. ‘Benign’ is synonymous with non-cancerous whereas ‘malignant’ implies that the tumor is cancerous. Malignant tumors have the ability to grow without and have the possibility of spreading via the blood or lymphatic system to other locations in the body. Since fibroids are benign in nature, the possibility of “metastasis” (ie, spread) is not a concern. Instead, the problems that arise with fibroids are localized to the uterus itself. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, constipation, urinary retention, and bleeding. Constipation occurs when the fibroid tumor compresses the rectum which is located posteriorly. Urinary retention occurs when the tumor compresses the bladder which is located anteriorly. A complication of excessive bleeding is iron deficiency anemia. A few signs of anemia to be mindful of include fatigue, weakness, and conjunctival pallor. If you identify any of these signs, we highly recommend that you visit the emergency room immediately. Blood transfusions are typically indicated for severe blood loss or anemic states. Check out the following video on how to shrink fibroids naturally and how to combat the anemia associated with fibroids.
There are many treatment options available for women suffering with fibroids. Common treatments include myolysis, uterine artery embolization, endometrial ablation, and hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is usually a last resort option as it involves the complete removal of the uterus. In fact, hysterectomy is more often than not unnecessary so your other options should be exhausted before proceeding to have your uterus removed. We recommend seeking guidance from the Beat Fibroids team on how to shrink fibroids naturally. You may also visit your local holistic doctor for more guidance and support.