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Why Delaying Fibroid Surgery Can Be Harmful

June 1, 2018 // Posted in: Conditions, Fibroids, Procedures, Techniques

fibroid surgeryThere are several myths that can cause a woman to delay fibroid surgery doing more harm than good. Understanding the facts and knowing your options for surgery can help many women avoid unnecessary pain, embarrassment and heartache.

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HYSTERECTOMY MAY STILL BE REQUIRED AFTER A FIBROID EMBOLIZATION PROCEDURE

May 22, 2018 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, In The Press

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Many studies have shown that embolization of large fibroids is not optimal. Before agreeing to embolization treatment for large fibroids, women need to know the possible complications that can follow the procedure. Embolization used on large fibroids can result in die-off and expulsion of the fibroid tumor, which can result in an infection. While many uterine infections can be treated with antibiotics, in extreme cases, the infection if unresponsive to antibiotics may require a hysterectomy.

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UFE Increases Risk of Pregnancy Complications, Miscarriage

May 2, 2018 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, In The Press, Infertility

Women with fibroids who want to get pregnant need to research all treatment options to ensure their future fertility is protected. Despite more than 20 years in use, embolization treatments (also known as Uterine Artery Embolization, UAE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization, UFE), for fibroids are still a higher risk for women who want to conceive.

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THE RISKS OF DELAYING FERTILITY FOR WOMEN

April 3, 2018 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, Infertility

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For many people, putting the brakes on starting a family often makes sense. Factors can range from wanting to have a stronger foothold on a career path, be more established financially, in many cases, finding the right partner, and of course, many people just want to feel “ready.” However, waiting too long, can affect fertility and lead to heartache.

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Extremely Painful Periods: Adenomyosis Awareness Month

April 2, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured

Adenomyosis is a painful and complex gynecological condition that is not well understood, can be difficult to detect, and can only be cured by hysterectomy. Adenomyosis develops when cells from the endometrial lining of the uterus grow into the muscle of the uterus. These cells behave the same during a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, but in this location, they become trapped. Inflammation leads to pain (sometimes debilitating), heavy bleeding, and enlargement of the uterus.

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Cervical Cancer Prevention in Uganda: CIGC Vanguard Sponsor of Project Give Hope

March 9, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured

“Project Give Hope is a tangible way to help women who have limited access to even basic GYN care,” said Paul MacKoul, MD. “By supporting this cause, we are able to extend our commitment to innovative solutions in GYN care. We are proud to lead the way for other supporters of Ms. Jackson’s mission. She has accomplished so much in a short amount of time to make this effort possible, and we encourage other like-minded medical professionals to learn more about the project and make it a reality.”

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INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS SPECIALISTS IMPROVES PATIENT OUTCOMES

March 2, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions, Featured

Endometriosis Patients Suffer When Seeking Medical Attention From Non-specialists

The existing system for the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of endometriosis relies too heavily on medical professionals who do not have advanced training in identifying and comprehensive surgical removal of the disease. As a result, women with endometriosis are left undiagnosed on average of 9 years, allowing the disease to worsen.

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SEX AFTER GYN SURGERY: INTIMACY CAN IMPROVE AFTER TREATING COMPLEX GYN CONDITIONS

February 27, 2018 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, LAAM

Pain during sex can be an indication of a complex GYN condition like fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis. While there are other conditions that can cause painful intercourse, for these treatable conditions, laparoscopic GYN surgery can often improve a woman’s ability to have sex.

Many women are concerned about surgery negatively affecting their sex lives after recovery. If performed as a laparoscopic procedure by advanced-trained GYN specialists, treating these conditions can help women by reducing or eliminating pain from the conditions themselves, and once recovered, women often become more active and get back to living their lives, including enjoying intimacy.

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Shedding Established Taboos of GYN Conditions in the Workplace

February 22, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press

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Interruptions in the workplace caused by illnesses could be better managed if there was less shame and more transparency.  The preponderance of women who suffer from GYN conditions that affect their day-to-day lives is staggering. Approximately 80 percent of all women have fibroids.  Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women around the world. Despite this, women still hide pain related to their menstrual cycle.

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ENDOMETRIOSIS SUFFERERS FIND A CHAMPION IN JULIANNA HOUGH

February 13, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy

From The Endometriosis Foundation of America

JULIANNE HOUGH JUST STOOD UP FOR ENDO WOMEN EVERYWHERE, AND WE LOVE HER EVEN MORE FOR IT!

“I was quiet about it for a few years,” Hough shared during the recent #BlogHer18 Health Conference in NYC. “Then I realized that by me talking about this, it’s not going to heal me, and it’s not for me to talk about, it’s for others. By me having endometriosis, this doesn’t hinder me at all. This gives me power because I can have a voice to help other women have a voice and once they have a voice, they can help others. Vulnerability gives you strength. You help yourself when you help others.”

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