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Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, discuss and answer questions about uterine fibroids.
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Dr. Balls-Berry and Dr. Stewart answered questions following the live event.
Prolonged pharmacological treatment no surgery, only fibrostal for more than 6 months
firbistal is a selective progesterone receptor modulators
I am looking to get more information regarding the pros and cons of leaving the cervix in place instead of removal during a hysterectomy.
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The live feed would cut out half way through the answer of my questions =( I got to where its best to leave it in to avoid post bleeding
Will this be posted later so I can review it again???
@taniavalkyrie, I apologize the feed cut out for you half way through your answer. The full video will remain archived in this discussion for your review.
Do you have concerns regarding the selective progesterone modulators? why are they not available in the US?
Over 12 years ago I decided to try something, because I was experiencing heavy bleeding. In December of 2005 I started to take ground flax meal I would go through 16 ounces a week. I tried it because I knew flaxseeds are a protease inhibiter. In a few weeks my period which seemed to last for 2 weeks every 2 weeks started to decrease after about 6 months it was normal then about 7 months later it didn’t come at all. I didn’t experience menopause, i know what the simptoms of menopause feel like, since I was on Lupron. No my period simply ended. It was just as before I started my period. The thing is my fibroids haven’t shrunk. I’d like to know if my fibroids have calcified? If so what can I expect? Why doesn’t anyone mention this as a possibility? Why can’t research be done to find out if there is something that can digest fibrin, which is what fibroids are composed of, and injected directly into the fibroids? Digestive enzymes, proteolytic enzymes, something organic and natural? Why in the proceedure to shrink the fibroids, I don’t recall the name of the proceedure, beads are injected into the blood vessels, artery embolization I think is the proceedure, is artificial material used. Why not use something not foreign, and permanent, but natural that can safely be absorbed by the body, and redone as necessary, giving the fibroids a chance to shrink? What research is being done? All I see are the same things being done, nothing new or innovative. Right now I suffer from constant never ending back pain, my clothing doesn’t fit, and i’m embarassed by my appearance.
Do uterine fibroids cause abdominal bloat or enlargement of the waistline? Are fibroids fed with blood vessels as opposed to hormones? My doctor told me they would disappear or shrink after menopause and of course they did not.
Hi @terryinboulder. Dr. Stewart addresses this question during the Facebook Live, which you can view up above. I hope you had the opportunity to watch it!
I have been diagnosed with a fibroid that covers my whole uterus. I loose too much blood each month so now i suffer from severe anemia. I was told my fibroid was so big that i have to have an old fashioned hysterectomy next month pending my blood count is better. Are there any other options aka treatments. A way to stop the bleeding other than surgery? I can actually feel it by belly bloating etc.
Hi @ncross16. Dr. Stewart addresses various treatment options for uterine fibroids during the Facebook Live broadcast, which is posted above. I hope you had the opportunity to watch the broadcast!
Hi @shuaishuaiforxiuqin, @kurgle, @shell7845, @rdrdhap, @mindy62 and @lesliemarino.
On Wednesday, March 29, Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry and Dr. Elizabeth Stewart will be hosting a live video chat here on Connect about uterine fibroids. I hope you can join us. Simply click View & Reply in the email notification to see all the details and to sign-up.
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Hi @pbeach. Dr. Stewart provided this response to your question: “The same fibroids do not return after removal, but new ones can form. That is one limitation to all alternatives to hysterectomy. It is worth seeing your provider to see if the fibroids return or perhaps now there is a separate reason for your bleeding.”
Hi, @saoirse. Dr. Stewart provided this response: “The process for new drug approval tends to be slower in the US than the rest of the world. The FDA tends to want more data and that doesn’t necessarily indicate there is a problem.”
Hi, @kurgle. Dr. Stewart provided this response to your question: “Unfortunately, there is no research being done on any enzymes or enzyme inhibitors for fibroids. I think this is something that would be very helpful to women. I’d recommend that you see your health care provider to check an ultrasound and your hormones to see what’s happening. That’s an important first step since sometimes it’s not the fibroids that are the problem.”
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