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To Reduce Your Risk of Uterine Fibroids — Sit Less

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on To Reduce Your Risk of Uterine Fibroids — Sit Less

Studies indicate to reduce your risk of uterine fibroid — sit less and move more. Sitting for many hours a day is commonplace in today’s society. As an example, one study found that adults on average spend about 7 hours of their waking time sitting.1 While this may not be surprising, considering the number of desk jobs…

Is There a Link Between Fibroids and Depression?

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Is There a Link Between Fibroids and Depression?

Depression may be linked to fibroid symptoms — and vice versa. While researchers try to figure out the exact nature of the connection, fibroid sufferers should understand their risk. Fibroids symptoms can understandably affect mood It’s easy to understand how women with fibroid symptoms might get depressed. Heavy, painful periods can leave a woman feeling physically…

Fibroid Expulsion: What You Need to Know

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Fibroid expulsion is the term used when uterine fibroids are passed out of the body. A small percentage of women experience symptomatic fibroid expulsion after undergoing uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) for their fibroids. Here’s what you should know. What causes fibroid expulsion? The UFE procedure cuts off blood supply to fibroids in the uterus to shrink the fibroids…

Study Highlights Potential Long-Term Health Risks of Hysterectomies

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Study Highlights Potential Long-Term Health Risks of Hysterectomies

Long-term hysterectomy risks are being studied and the findings are compelling. Hysterectomies are common – but maybe not benign About 600,000 hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the ovaries) are performed every year, but new research suggests that these surgeries may be putting women at greater risk of long-term health problems. “Hysterectomy is…

Hair Relaxers Linked to Fibroids? The Answer May Be Yes

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Hair Relaxers Linked to Fibroids? The Answer May Be Yes

Hair relaxers may be linked to fibroids. If you were considering stopping the use of relaxers to improve the health of your hair, there might be good cause to avoid them for your body’s health, too. Hair relaxers and uterine fibroids While uterine fibroids are very common among all women, they are particularly common among African-American…

A Dangerous Uterus: How Fibroids Can Lead To Blood Clots

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on A Dangerous Uterus: How Fibroids Can Lead To Blood Clots

Blood clots associated with uterine fibroids present an unexpected danger to fibroid sufferers, as two women found out. While incidences in which fibroids cause blood clots are low, it’s important to be aware of the risk.  Fibroids cause blood clots: two cases and commonalities One patient at Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital and the other patient at Seyyed-al…

Inactivity and Fibroids: How a Sedentary Lifestyle Could Be Putting You at Risk

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Inactivity and Fibroids: How a Sedentary Lifestyle Could Be Putting You at Risk

In today’s day and age, relaxation is equated to sitting still. For example, spending time on a smartphone, watching television, taking a nap, or reading a book are common methods of enjoying downtime. In addition, many people’s work is also sedentary, involving desks, computers, and cubicles. Unfortunately, this type of sedentary lifestyle damages your health,…

African American Women and Fibroids: 6 Risk Factors

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on African American Women and Fibroids: 6 Risk Factors

African American women are three times more likely to suffer from uterine fibroids than other demographics. Significantly, by the age of 50, 80-90 percent of African American women will have developed fibroids, as opposed to 70 percent of Caucasian women.[iii] African American women and fibroids The majority of women develop uterine fibroids during their lifetime.…

Who Can Get Fibroids?

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Who Can Get Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are so common that more women between the ages of 35 and 54 will get them than any other type of tumor. Some studies show that up to 80% of women develop fibroids by the time they turn 50. And that means all women are at risk. But there are some factors that…

Can Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Cause Early Menopause?

By Olga Chernin / Comments Off on Can Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Cause Early Menopause?

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is an effective treatment for uterine fibroids. Still, there is the question…can UFE cause early menopause? The answer to this common question from women dealing with fibroids is a resounding “it depends.” For the most part, the risk increases with age just as everything else does. Premature menopause occurs more often…