Dr Oz: What Should I Do About My Fibroids?
Dr Oz said that many woman have questions about Fibroids, which will occur in about half the female population. You could have them and never even know it. There are more treatment choices than ever now, including Myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization, and more.
African American women have three times the risk of developing these noncancerous tumors, which grow in the uterine wall and could vary dramatically in size. Their cause is not known, but symptoms can be excruciating, leading to pelvic pain, increased urination, and anemia.
A Hysterectomy may not be the best option, despite past medical advice. Gynecologist Dr Jessica Shepherd joined Dr Oz to explain some of the new treatment options.
Dr Oz: Symptomatic Fibroids
Symptomatic Fibroids occur in patients who have symptoms such as abdominal growth or urinary incontinence. But most cases will be asymptomatic, and they might be discovered during a CT scan or ultrasound that is looking for something else.
Three women in the audience, Donna, Erica, and Crystal, discussed their experiences with symptoms and their concern about what they should do for their health.
Dr Oz: How Big Are Fibroids?
Fibroids can become very large, ranging in size from as small as a grape to as large as an orange or even a watermelon. What is happening in your body if you have Fibroids? A growing Fibroid could put pressure on the GI tract, Uterus, or Bladder, sometimes pushing things out of place and causing those symptoms.
You could also have multiple Fibroids, and eventually the growths could distend your abdomen, causing you a lot of discomfort.
Dr Oz: Uterine Artery Embolization & Myomectomy
There are now more options than ever before when it comes to Fibroids, according to Dr Shepherd. A Hysterectomy is not the only option for patients any longer. Studies have concluded that dietary modification can be helpful.
Uterine Artery Embolization could cut off the blood supply to the Fibroids. A minimally invasive outpatient procedure called a Myomectomy could remove the Fibroid but leave the uterus intact, leaving small incisions behind and reducing recovery time compared to a Hysterectomy.
Dr Oz: Fibroids Vitamin D Diet
As for dietary changes, avoid high glycemic index and fatty foods, such as red meat, soda, white bread, and white rice. Instead, choose items high in Vitamin D, such as citrus, milk, and leafy greens.
According to Dr Shepherd, 80% of African American women could develop Fibroids by age 50, compared to 50% of women in the overall population. Dr Oz said that you do not have to be afraid when it comes to Fibroids, and making diet changes is a simple way you could counteract this common health challenge.