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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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Can a woman who underwent fibroid surgery get an orgasm?

Can a woman who underwent fibroid surgery get an orgasm?

Fibroid surgery: Yes. They shouldn't relate and many women who have had fibroid removal can still have orgasms. ...Read more

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Does a woman with very large fibroids always have to get a hysterectomy and will it affect fertility?

Does a woman with very large fibroids always have to get a hysterectomy and will it affect fertility?

Options: Just removing the fibroids is called a myomectomy. If you have large fibroids, you may want to have them removed before pregnancy. If you have a hysterectomy, that means removing your uterus, so you would not be able to carry a child. Fibroids can be removed with a larger abdominal incision or you may be a candidate for a robotic surgery which usually has a quicker recovery. ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...Read more

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Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7. I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51. Black female, straight, otr, cdl driver. Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7.  I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51.   Black female, straight,  otr, cdl driver.  Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

I : I share your concerns. I do not know what symptoms you are having that you were prescribed Divigel for, but i assume that you are having menopausal symptoms that you are suffering from. My concern with you would be your family history of breast cancer. In addition, there is increased cardiovascular risks in women over 50 and in women who are overweight. I am very concerned that you could have consequences from taking this medication, so please discuss your risk factors with your doctor. My concern with herbal medications is that they carry the same risk with their estrogen-like substances as regular estrogen, so the herbal medication or bio-identicals have not been proven safe in large peer-reviewed studies either. There are other non-hormonal medications that can help menopausal symptoms, such as neurontin, (gabapentin) but there are several others that you can read about or ask your doctor about as well. ...Read more

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Why should women know about fibroids?

Avoid surgery: Despite the fact that fibroids are benign tumors, they are the number one reason why women undergo hysterectomy. This is completely unnecessary. If women knew more about fibroids and their treatment options (particularly uterine fibroid embolization ufe), they could completely avoid unnecessary surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more