1. HYSTERECTOMY MAY STILL BE REQUIRED AFTER A FIBROID EMBOLIZATION PROCEDURE

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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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  2. THE RISKS OF DELAYING FERTILITY FOR WOMEN

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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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  3. Shedding Established Taboos of GYN Conditions in the Workplace

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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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  4. 5 SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS: FAMILY CIRCLE

    Family Circle featured endometriosis symptoms to be aware of so that women can have more informed discussions with their doctors.

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    “It can take up to 11 years from the onset of symptoms to get diagnosed with this painful condition in which the type of tissue that grows inside of your uterus begins to grow outside of it. While there’s no cure for endometriosis—a disease that strikes one in ten women—recognizing the symptoms means you can save yourself a world of hurt.

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  5. THE SILENCE & STIGMA OF PERIOD PAIN: FIBROIDS, ENDOMETRIOSIS CAN DESTROY A WOMAN’S LIFE

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    IGNORING CHRONIC PAIN FROM GYN CONDITIONS DEEMED UNETHICAL: BEYOND THE STIRRUPS PART 3

    The modern battle cry to demand women’s voices not only be heard, but taken seriously, faces a challenge within the healthcare system that can, to this day, erode a woman’s trust in herself.

    Those with whom our health is entrusted are not always knowledgeable about complex GYN conditions that cause period pain, and are often dismissive towards their female patients. Not being taken seriously can result in delays treating complex GYN conditions like endometriosis or fibroids that put a woman’s health at risk.

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  6. WOMANHOOD IS NOT DEFINED BY A UTERUS: DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT HYSTERECTOMY

    Who you are today has less to do with your anatomy than it did when previous generations insisted on defining gender roles. In modern life, gender fluidity, particularly when it comes to a child’s development, has also joined the conversation. What it means to be a woman is constantly being redefined.

    When it comes to needing surgery to treat fibroidsadenomyosis or other complex GYN conditions, however, old-fashioned misunderstandings still abound. Part of the problem is not knowing just how the female reproductive system affects a woman’s overall health.

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  7. GET MOVING: BEING ACTIVE SOON AFTER FIBROID REMOVAL SURGERY AIDS IN RECOVERY

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    “When you are limited in mobility for an extended period of time, more than two weeks, muscles begin to decondition, or detrain,” said Paul MacKoul, MD. “Walking promotes the flow of oxygen throughout the body, and maintains normal breathing function. Gastrointestinal and urinary tract function are improved, and with improved blood flow, wounds heal faster. Every patient’s recovery is different and should be monitored by a physician, but gradual and measured increase in movement and activity can help prevent prolonged recovery times.”

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  8. It’s Not In Her Head: Challenging Systemic Attitudes About Women’s Health Within The Medical Community

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    Advancements in minimally invasive techniques today are light years ahead of where they were, even 10 years ago. There is little need to perform open GYN procedures other than financial gain. The fact that patients who present with complex GYN conditions are still told that open surgery is their only option, frequently performed by surgeons who are not trained on the latest techniques shows a systemic reluctance to advance women’s health care options.

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  9. Debunking The Top Five Myths About Fibroid Treatment

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    Women who have fibroids often have difficulty with heavy bleedingpelvic pain, going to the bathroom and depending on their location, many experience infertility or miscarriages. When a large number of people have a complex medical condition, it is common that there will be misconceptions about what treatments are effective. Cost, efficacy, and risks to fertility are all important elements to understand before choosing from the array of treatment options.

    Learn the top five myths about fibroid removal, including watching and waiting, alternative treatments, leaving small fibroids behind & more.

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