1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Celebrity Surgeries Lead to Misconceptions About Open GYN Surgery Risks

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    Despite advancements in gynecological surgical techniques, a large number of women are still subjected to open procedures for hysterectomy or myomectomy. This is often the result of surgeons’ lack of laparoscopic training and experience with complex conditions like large fibroids or extensive endometriosis. Patients need to understand that it is not the extent of the condition, but the skill of the specialist.

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  5. The Battle Over Essure | The Controversy

    In July 2017, Washington Post Magazine featured the Essure controversy. Many women who have had the device placed have experienced negative side effects. The article tracks the experience of Keisha Carney and Angie Firmalino who both had Essure. In addition the article takes a comprehensive look at the history of the device, a review of the scrutiny prior to coming to market by the FDA, and the advocacy champions who led the charge to bring the makers, Bayer, to a review hearing that resulted in a black box warning.

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  6. Fibroids Affect African-American Women More Severely

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    Seventy to 80 percent of American women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. That number goes up to 90 percent for African-American women, who also suffer from more severe symptoms, and often start at an earlier age.

    Fibroids Affect African-American Women Disproportionately

    Even with an already high rate of occurrence, African-American women are two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications from them.

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  7. Delays in Diagnosing Endometriosis Can Lead to Irreversible Damage

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    It can take up to a decade for a woman to get a proper endometriosis diagnosis. Diagnosing endometriosis is complicated. The symptoms often mimic other conditions, symptoms may not appear severe enough for a medical consultation until it progresses or is discovered due to fertility concerns, and social norms that persist over expected menstrual-related pelvic pain often leads even medical professionals to dismiss patient concerns.

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  8. Sex After A Hysterectomy May Improve for Women With GYN Conditions

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    Despite fears of what life will be like after a hysterectomy, for many women intimacy actually improves. In a recent survey, 59 percent of women polled feared sex would be less enjoyable after a hysterectomy. Sixty-one percent of women were worried that they would feel differently to a partner after a hysterectomy.

    But across the board, the actual experience has been demonstrated to be the exact opposite. The National Institute of Health conducted studies of women after having a hysterectomy and the results show no negative affect on sex driveself-image, or sexual satisfaction with partner. In fact, in many cases, the opposite was true. The causes for this vary, but for many women, the conditions that exist that warranted hysterectomy may have affected arousal or interest in sex. Treating the condition can help women become more active and get back to living their lives, including enjoying intimacy.

     

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  9. The Growing Field Of Fibroid Treatment Options Can Be Costly To Patients

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    The expanding landscape of fibroid treatments can lead women to choose less effective options that may affect their long-term health, including fertility.

    Fibroids are unpredictable. After some treatments, new fibroids can grow again. Depending on a patient’s insurance, or whether or not the specialist even accepts insurance, if multiple treatments are required, it can be expensive. Finding a laparoscopic fibroid expert who specializes in advanced fibroid removal and hysterectomy, who also accepts insurance is important.

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  10. Endometriosis patients face barriers to treatment with high out-of-pocket surgery costs

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    Waiting for treatment for endometriosis can prolong painful cycles, and many women are convinced that the only way to find relief is to pay tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for surgery. Endometriosis excision is the gold standard procedure for treating the condition, a technique that requires extensive training to perform. Selecting an endometriosis specialist is important for a thorough diagnosis, surgical treatment and long-term maintenance, but that can come at a steep cost if the provider does not accept health insurance.

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