Video Q&A about Uterine Fibroids

Wed, Mar 29, 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET

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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.

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@taniavalkyrie

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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Will this be posted later so I can review it again???

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@taniavalkyrie

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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@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.

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Do you have concerns regarding the selective progesterone modulators? why are they not available in the US?

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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.

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@terryinboulder

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.

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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!

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@ncross16

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.

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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!

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@colleenyoung

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.

Anyone with general questions for the Mayo experts, we encourage you to post them here.

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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.”

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@saoirse

Do you have concerns regarding the selective progesterone modulators? why are they not available in the US?

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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.”

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@kurgle

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.

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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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@kurgle

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.

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Hello Dr. Stewart:I don't have a doctor that I can see. I have only medicaid and medicaid won't pay pay for alternative treatments. If there are any clinical trials I'd like to be kept in mind. I don't suppose that you will. There was one other thing. Why hasn't anyone thought of using nano technology, very small instruments to break down the fibroids and such them out, as you would using liposuction?

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I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids several months ago, what I didn’t know was that the pelvic pressure and pain I have been dealing with for the last two years, was in fact uterine fibroid pain. I was given two options deal with the abnormal bleeding and Pain for the next 10 aka until menopause. Or have a partial hysterectomy. Some days the pain is so bad that I can not stand for long than 15 minutes at a time

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@shuaishuaiforxiuqin

How to join the live video? I am joining for my Mom.

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Could not be found!

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@shuaishuaiforxiuqin

How to join the live video? I am joining for my Mom.

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Thanks for pointing out the broken link, @strongbutterfly Here’s is the right link https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/facebook-live-qa-about-uterine-fibroids

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