Fibroid Awareness Month: Your Online Resource Guide
Posted byDiane Hoffmaster
July is Fibroid Awareness Month and there are several things you should know about the issue of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are small muscular tumors that grow in the walls of the uterus. They are usually benign and may vary in size and number, according to the Office on Women’s Health.1 Symptoms and treatment may also differ from woman to woman. Everyone is different, after all!
Change the Cycle has many resources available with more information about uterine fibroids. Here are a few articles that will help you navigate the condition.
Why Is Fibroid Awareness Month Important?
Up to 80 percent of women develop fibroids in their uterus by the time they reach 50 years old.1 Additionally, it’s the most common solid pelvic tumor in women, notes the Center for Uterine Fibroids.2 Fibroids affect millions of women, and the condition may be frustrating and uncomfortable to live with. The Mayo Clinic lists heavy or long periods, pelvic pressure, and back and leg aches, among others, as possible symptoms.3
Struggling with heavy menstrual bleeding may cause some women to feel alone. But, they are far from alone! The purpose of Fibroid Awareness Month is to educate women about fibroids, possible symptoms, available treatments, and the need to discuss their heavy bleeding with a doctor to reach a diagnosis.
What Is the White Dress Project?
The White Dress Project, founded by Tanika Gray Valbrun, is an organization created to raise awareness for uterine fibroids. After enduring the severe health issues resulting from uterine fibroids, Gray realized that more awareness was needed for this sometimes debilitating health problem. The white dress, the symbol of this nonprofit, stands for strength, courage and perseverance, especially in the face of the heavy periods that many women with uterine fibroids may face. The goal is to raise money and awareness and help improve education and research about the issue.
Are There Treatments for Uterine Fibroids?
If uterine fibroids cause significant health problems for you, you can talk to your doctor about what treatment options are a good fit for you. Some women are able to manage their symptoms with hormonal birth control (like the Mirena IUD or oral medication) while others see success with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists medications (like Lupron) that can help shrink fibroids. For more severe symptoms, your doctor may recommend in-office procedures or even more traditional surgeries like hysterectomy.1
After evaluating the cause of your heavy bleeding your doctor may recommend surgery or less invasive, in office tissue removal procedures or endometrial ablation. Hologic, the sponsor of this blog, offers the following tissue removal procedure as a treatment option. The MyoSure procedure is one treatment option for uterine fibroids that you may want to discuss with your doctor. The in-office procedure involves gently cutting and removing fibroids from the uterus by passing a slender camera and wand through the cervix and into the uterus. There are no cuts to the skin and nothing from the MyoSure tissue removal system is left in your body after the procedure. While it may not be right for everyone, it is one treatment option to discuss with a health care professional.
Uterine Fibroids? Learn All You Can!
If you deal with heavy or long periods and suspect all may not be right down there, consult your doctor. Remember, you’re not alone! This July, and every month for that matter, seek a supportive network near you for education and encouragement.
1“Uterine fibroids.” Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. February 6, 2017. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids#a
2“About Uterine Fibroids.” Center for Uterine Fibroids, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. http://www.fibroids.net/fibroids.html
3“Uterine fibroids, Symptoms and causes.” Mayo Clinic. July 6, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/dxc-20212514
- Posted by Diane Hoffmaster
- On July 3, 2017