Fighting Fibroids: Women Aren't Just Limited To A Hysterectomy
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The Fight To Preserve My Uterus After Developing Fibroids

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  1. Janene says:

    You’re fortunate they haven’t grown back. I’ve had the exact same symptoms and the same surgery and the fibroids grew back making my uterus the size of a grapefruit. I’ve been into physical fitness for 25 years and a vegetarian even longer. No processed foods, soy products, etc. and yet, here they are. I’m opting for the partial hysterectomy which means my Fallopian tubes and ovaries will remain intact. Keeping them means my hormones will remain level and not push me into early menopause. Supposedly having children reduces the likelihood of fibroids but as I’ve never wanted any, I’ve no chance of knowing if this is true. I am however, looking forward to putting socially and physically crippling periods behind me and getting on with my life. Best of luck to you!

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  2. Diet makes all the difference! Caffeine and soy are like monster food for fibroids.

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  3. Bianca says:

    Fibroids are caused by an estrogen dominance in the body. Detoxifying the body with raw fruits and vegetables have been proven to balance hormones and in turn shrink and or eliminate fibroids completely.

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  4. OSHH says:

    I had a myomectomy in the summer of 2013. Had one fibroid the size of a small strawberry in the middle of my uterus, causing me to menstruate for 14 days.
    At the time I was seeing an old school male gyn who did nothing to stop the bleeding but then my primary care doc recommended me to Dr. Cherie Marfori a specialist in irregular periods/fibroids and such at GW. I LOVE her, she is the best gyn ever, compassionate and thoroughly skilled. Not only did she prescribe a non hormonal med to stop/slow down irregular bleeding, she laid out all the options and we decided the myomectomy was the best, less invasive option for me, they actually went in through my cervix, no incisions etc.
    A great doc and being informed are key.

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  5. Daisia says:

    I dont think diet is the cause when it comes to fibroid. i don’t drink caffeine at all. I have a balanced diet and do very regular exercise for over 8 years now and yet i had a huge fibroid. For over 2 years i had heavy periods and sometimes for 5 months in a row!!! The fibroid was so big, it was sitting on my bladder and caused much abdominal pain. I felt it when i was running on the treadmill, felt it when i was doing abdominal exercises. The only thing that helped was to get a myomectomy to get it removed.

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    1. OSHH says:

      Totally not caused by diet or anything researchers can link. My doc, who is the expert at GW, said they do not know what causes fibroids or polyps.

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  6. I had two fibroids and after several years of dealing with different birth controls, heavy bleeding, and a severe case of anemia, I had them removed. Best decision I ever made.

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  7. Tiara Bebbs says:

    I’m so glad that I came across this post. I’ve had uterine fibroids for 3 years now and am finally having a myomectomy on March 21. Since my diagnoses I’ve made sure to eat healthier and exercise more. Surprisingly, my fibroid grew smaller by 2 cm within 1 year. I definitely plan on continuing on with my healthy lifestyle after the surgery to lower the chances of fibroids growing back.

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  8. all aboout the you know says:

    I think your Diet is key ! Cut out Sugar 100 per cent . I know it sounds cliche but its true. Absorb more fruits and vegetables! – one thing that helped my period is Blackstrap mollasses! A spoonful in herbal tea will relax your muscles and reduce you blood flow. It really diminshes pain! – my periods were so heavy and painful you would think i was having a miscarriage!

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  9. JC says:

    I have had 3 myomectomy surgeries and still have fibroids. They are caused by excess estrogen. I take a supplement called DIM to help lower my estrogen levels while I wait it out to have a child. I have tried before and had an ectopic due to the scar tissue from the surgeries so now IVF is my only option. It is definitely a lot to deal with and I really don’t know when or if I will be able to conceive. If I am blessed with a child I will definitely go for a partial to end this mess for good. I offer prayers for all of you young ladies dealing with this as well.

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  10. Binkibianca says:

    I can relate to your symptoms, except that mine were caused by uterine polyps. Very similar to fibroids but different. Polyps occur due to hormonal imbalance. I’ve had them before and had them removed via D&C. I recently found out I have a small fibroid near my cervix it worried me but my doctor said she doesn’t want to mess with it because it’s not effecting anything and will not cause issues when I get pregnant.

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  11. I’ve never had fibroids. I think a lot of it may have to do with diet. I found that I had issues with really heavy painful periods until I changed the way I ate. Now, they’re pretty uneventful. I’ve also heard that certain dietary changes can help with fibroids. I’m not sure if there is any truth to this claim.

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  12. Hysterectomy was the best thing ever! My diet was great, as well as exercise. I had 10 the size of grapefruit. I’d do it all over again!

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  13. And yes I had other options, but I chose the hysterectomy!!!!

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  14. Also, I’ve never been on any form of birth control so maybe that had something to do with it as well?

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  15. Black Bella says:

    This article is an example of why a google search will never trump a medical degree.

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  16. EL says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! A few years ago I had excruciating pain and went to the ER. After an ultrasound, the doctors told me I had fibroids & a few months later I got a laparoscopic Myomectomy. To my knowledge, the fibroids have not returned.

    I do find it interesting that black women are so disproportionately affected by fibroids and do think that may have something to do with relaxers & diet (my opinion based on what I’ve read.) Meat (chicken especially) and other foods are sometimes so pumped with growth hormones. I’ve tried to change my diet by eating organic and more plant-based.

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  17. KTL - Love From Chicago says:

    My mother just had a procedure done that left all organs intact and simply attacked the fibroids by burning them, eventually to allow them to compress on their own. After going to a doctor who immediately opted for surgery and removal, which forced her to look for options elsewhere, she found a great doctor in Chicago, IL. Dr. Nicole Williams has appeared on many broadcast and media outlets regarding her practicing experience. I was told that doctors opt for surgery because it’s less time consuming, yet results in a greater financial benefit.

    Love that this article expresses other options to combat fibroids. Don’t be fooled ladies, Do your own research. My mother is now in recovery and returning to work soon!

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  18. Michelle says:

    I have the symptoms and have had two blood transfusions b/c my blood level was so low. I have three the size of a small egg but I started a treatment with Lupron which puts you in a menopausal state allowing the fibroids to shrink (well that is the goal). The treatment is six months I’m on month four. I had to change my diet and exercise routine as well. I get my ultrasound in May/June so I pray they have gone down in size and allows for normal menstrual cycle. Ask your doctor about Lupron of course everything isn’t for everyone but it can hurt to ask.

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  19. Toria says:

    I could have written this article myself. I have always had heavy period and so they were nothing to me. I assumed everyone did. I had my fibroids for years, could feel them and all. But after having he longest, what I have always referred to as “never-ending periods” for 28 days and a 5.9 Hemoglobin count, I said enough is enough. I had a myomectomy last July and had 3 grapefruit sized fibroids removed. My cycle is still heavy, but no where near before. I was going through a pack of pads on 2 days. I’m in my 30s and was glad I chose this option. I may never have kids, but I wanted the option.

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  20. Kayla says:

    Hmmm… Sounds like a similar story I’ve read. Are you guys stealing stories. Tis tis tis…

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  21. Gina Watere says:

    An advantage to hysterectomy is that you don’t have a worry about uterine cancer. This cancer just took the life of beautiful 40 year old Joey Feek

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  22. Manbo says:

    Actually, there are studies about healing fibroids naturally, just none that western medicine cares to acknowledge or promote. We have options that are holistic. Taking out a major organ like the uterus is a BIG deal. Drs make it seem like there’s nothing to it because they make huge amounts of money when performing such a surgery. They do not have our best interests at heart.

    I would recommend getting your hands on Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman, also google Chef Ahki and get this book too Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure by Dr. Allan Warshowsky.

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  23. Shameka says:

    I have 2 fibroids, one the size of a baby at 36 weeks. I’m terrified to have the surgery because I’m only 32 and I want a family.. not to mention my mother wants grandkids( as I am her only child). Looking into medications now.. not sure the next step to take.

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  24. Tonia says:

    This article was right on time. I found out about a month ago that I had ten fibroids. Yes 10!!!! ranging in size; some even the size of tangerines. I switched to a doctor that specialized in fibroids-I haven’t decided yet to go with any of the options that she provided me. I’ve decided to completely change my diet and become vegan. I’ve read that a lot of foods that we consume encourage the growth of estrogen in our bodies. Not saying that this is the answer but I wanted to naturally shrink my fibroids if possible. I’m 29 years old and don’t plan on having kids at this moment. Of course when dramatically changing your diet you have to be sure you’re providing your body with the nutrients that it needs-so please do your research. My next appointment is in 6 months-with hopes that my fibroids will shrink; if not I will have to look at other options as the larger they grow the bigger the incision will have to be. Hope this helps-please do your own research as the effects of fibroids are definitely case specific.

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