Introduction

What Are Fibroids?

Causes or Associated Conditions of Fibroids

Symptoms of Fibroids

 

Introduction

What is so abominable about a woman’s uterus that over 500,000 hysterectomies are performed each year? Yet, so revered that some men and women parallel the loss of a woman’s reproductive organs with the loss of her self-image as a sexual being. And, this loss can lead to abandonment of the female by her male counter part.

• Why is it that some medical professionals are so short-sighted that they recommend a hysterectomy if reproductive function is no longer desired or there is a uterine disorder?

• What if there was a significant population of women who do not wish to lose their uterus even though reproduction is not the issue? Should they have a choice in their treatment?

The answer should be that the medical community must respond to the strong and growing desire of women to have a voice in their healthcare. Women want to be informed and active participants rather than passive subjects. We, as medical care providers, have an obligation to communicate with our patients and provide information from which the patient can make an informed decision.

The two most common reasons for hysterectomy have been for bleeding and uterine myomas (fibroids). And, over half of the hysterectomies performed have been associated with the fibroid tumors of the uterus.

The treatment of uterine fibroids is predicated upon a philosophy of expectation. My philosophy is that no woman should lose her uterus as a result of fibroid disease, unless there is no other option available or that the woman has been adequately informed and concurs in the decision.

The information provided here is for general information or educational purposes only. A complete physical exam and consultation is the only way a medical decision can be reached.