Living with Uterine Fibroids? Here’s What Your Physician Wants You to Know

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If you’re living with uterine fibroids, you’re not alone.

Studies estimate that up to 90% of Black women and 70% of white women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. While not all fibroids cause symptoms, those that do can be distressing and affect your quality of life. Symptoms may include heavy menstrual bleeding, pain (during periods or intercourse), bloating, bowel or bladder issues, back pain, and fertility challenges.

The onset of uterine fibroids varies by race.

Black women are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed with uterine fibroids than white women. They’re also more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age and experience larger fibroids and more severe symptoms.

There are various treatment options available.

Depending on whether the approach is medical or surgical, treatment options for uterine fibroids vary. Medications can help alleviate symptoms when fibroids cause discomfort. Some surgical procedures use energy-based therapy or modify blood supply to shrink fibroids and reduce symptoms. In certain cases, complete surgical removal of fibroids may be recommended, depending on symptom severity.

Can lifestyle changes ease symptoms?

Engaging in regular physical activity and adopting healthy eating habits may help reduce the risk of developing uterine fibroids and alleviate associated symptoms. Activities like yoga, walking, and stretching can help alleviate symptoms, but it’s essential to follow an exercise routine tailored to your body, especially if you have uterine fibroids. A Mediterranean diet and consumption of vitamin D-rich foods like salmon, tuna, egg yolks, and fortified foods (cereals, orange juice, milk, cheeses) may also help reduce the risk of fibroids.

When should you seek care?

If persistent symptoms disrupt your daily life, it’s crucial to seek evaluation from a healthcare professional. For instance, if you experience pelvic or intercourse-related pain, avoid routine activities, miss work, or limit outings due to heavy bleeding, visit Reproductive Partners Fertility Clinic for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment options review by our healthcare professionals.

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