All About Uterine Fibroids (leiomyomas): Prolapsed Fibroids

Most women have been taught to be strong and show a brave face, even in the face of adversity. This programming caused us to live separate from our emotions, our intuition, and our inner truth. So, when it comes to feeling safe and empowered enough to speak up and reach out when our health is suffering — it doesn’t come naturally.

Besides our deeply ingrained programming, other reasons women hold back from seeking help include stigma, culture, low income, misinformation, lack of education, and limited access to health care. Moreover, our society has romanticized the concept of selflessness in order to glorify the sacrifices of motherhood and womanhood at the expense of women’s well-being.

Speaking of women’s well-being, let’s talk about uterine fibroids — the most common noncancerous tumor affecting millions of women today. They usually grow in the wall of the uterus, and treatments vary depending on the severity and type. And they can either be symptomatic or asymptomatic in nature.

To be clear, fibroids aren’t something all women get and they’re not considered normal. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids or think you might have them, it’s not something to ignore.

While your doctors recommend surgery, this isn’t your only option.

Because indeed — you can heal naturally. 

Are fibroids common?

Yes. Uterine Fibroids (also called leiomyomas, fibromas, myomas, or uterine myomas) are common in 70% of white women and 80% for women of color by the age of 50.

In the US alone, the estimated yearly societal cost for fibroids is 34 billion dollars while it has negatively affected the quality of life (QoL) of women in their childbearing years worldwide. 

Who is at risk for uterine fibroids?

Women who haven't given birth yet, regardless of whether or not they have been pregnant and had a miscarriage or abortion, are more likely to develop prolapsed fibroids.

It is known that women in their reproductive years are more vulnerable to developing fibroids. 

However, there are other risk factors that may increase the chances of developing the condition such as: 

    • Age –  women who are 30 years or older.
    • Race – women of African-American descent.
    • Obesity – women with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 – 30.
    • Genetics – women with a family history of fibroids.
    • Early Onset of Menstruation – women who started menstruating at or before the age of 12 years old.
    • Early Use of Contraceptives – women who used oral contraceptives before the age of 16.
    • Late Menopause – women who started menopause past 55 years old.
    • Nulliparity – women who haven’t given birth yet, regardless of whether or not they have been pregnant (including those who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or elective abortion).

What causes uterine fibroids?

The occurrence of fibroids are dependent on the levels of your estrogen and progesterone hormones.

Even now, the root cause of fibroids remains unclear

What we do know is that fibroids are dependent on the levels of your estrogen and progesterone hormones, along with the risk factors mentioned above. 

Where do fibroids grow? (Types)

The type of fibroid that grows in or on a woman's uterus is determined by its location and shape.

The type of fibroid a woman develops depends on its location or shape in or on the uterus. 

The three main types of fibroids are: 

1. Subserosal fibroids (outside the uterine wall)

Subserosal fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop on the outside of your uterus, which is called the serosa. They may grow large enough to make one side of your womb appear larger than the other. 

  • Pedunculated fibroids

    Subserosal tumors can develop a slender base (stem/stalk) that supports the tumor. They’re classified as pedunculated fibroids when this occurs. 

  • Intracavitary fibroids

    Pedunculated lesions within the cavity that can pass through the cervix are known as intracavitary fibroids. 

 

2. Intramural fibroids (within the uterus wall)

The most common type of fibroids is Intramural fibroids. They grow between the uterus’ muscles. Intramural fibroids can increase in size and strain or stretch your womb.

Intramural fibroids come in three forms:

  • Anterior intramural fibroid – located in the front of the uterus. 
  • Posterior intramural fibroid – located in the back of the uterus.
  • Fundal intramural fibroid – located on top of the wall of the uterus. 

 

3. Submucosal fibroids (under the uterus lining)

Submucosal fibroids are less common than other types of fibroids. This type of tumor appears in the myometrium, or middle muscle layer, of your uterus.

What are the signs & symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Symptoms to watch out for Fibroids are long and heavy periods, bleeding between periods, pelvic and lower back pain, pressure, and other signs can be an enlarged uterus and abdomen, infertility, or miscarriages.

A lot of women with fibroids are unaware of their condition until they start to experience debilitating heavy and painful menstrual bleeding.  Fibroids are frequently discovered when a woman is medically tested for a completely different condition or just for a regular check-up, but by that time, the condition may have already progressed, needing immediate intervention.

Maybe now, you’re wondering why women choose to endure the pain until it becomes unbearable.

Women wear many hats, and taking a ‘period leave,’ for example, is viewed as counterproductive in many working or corporate environments from all over the world. This, along with other negative stereotypes, may discourage women from seeking help and support.

But we’re here to tell you that it’s imperative to listen to your body before things get out of hand. 

Here are some indications you should watch for: 

    • Menstrual changes – unusually long and heavy periods with painful cramps that can lead to anemia (from blood loss).

    • Bleeding between menstrual periods – intermenstrual bleeding, spotting, and metrorrhagia are all terms for abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods.

    • Pelvic and lower back pain – a dull, heavy, aching, and sometimes sharp or shooting pain in your abdomen, pelvis, or lower back.

    • Pressure – a feeling of fullness, constipation, or bloating, difficulty or frequent urination, and rectal pain which could cause difficulty in bowel movement. 

    • Other symptoms – such as an enlarged uterus and abdomen, infertility, or miscarriages.

 

How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

Regular check-ups, including those from your gynecologist, are required for everyone to be sure that you are healthy and well.

As mentioned earlier, uterine fibroids are often discovered during a gynecological examination. Your doctor may also perform several more tests to confirm the location and severity of your condition through the following: 

  • Computed tomography (CT scan) – a type of imaging that uses X-rays to create a 3D image on a computer screen. 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – creates detailed images using magnets and radio waves. 

  • Ultrasonography – creates a picture of a person’s internal body structures using sound waves. 

  • Hysteroscopy – the procedure of inserting a device into your vagina to project images of the uterus. 

  • Laparoscopy – a minimally invasive method performed to examine your organs. 

  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG) – an X-ray procedure that uses a thin tube to examine the fallopian tubes to see if they are partially or completely blocked. 

  • Sonohysterography (Saline infusion sonography) – injecting a salt solution into the uterus to create ultrasound images of the uterus lining. 

Will fibroids go away on their own?

There is a 7% chance that a fibroid will shrink on its own if you are still far from menopause. Also, you will most likely be advised not to do anything if the fibroids show no symptoms or if you’re about to reach menopause, as it tends to dissolve because of the drop of estrogen level — but we strongly suggest otherwise. 

“Watchful waiting” is, to be honest, a game of chance. And, because the chances of it going away on its own are very slim, it’s better to take safe and gradual steps to help yourself heal or prevent it from progressing. Why? Because if they get worse, symptomatic fibroids can have a negative impact on your quality of life

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Pregnancy and Fibroids

Yes, you can get pregnant with fibroids, but if they aren't treated, they can lead to complications in the long run during pregnancy. 

If your family has a history of fibroids or if you’ve undergone a procedure to remove fibroids, consult your doctor before conceiving to check the possibility of a new fibroid. 

In the meantime, let’s answer some of your most pressing questions on how fibroids may affect your pregnancy. 

Can I still get pregnant if I have fibroids?

It depends on the location and severity of your fibroids. In most cases, women can have a normal pregnancy, even when they have fibroids. However, some studies suggest that if your fallopian tube is obstructed by one, you may experience infertility

 

What should I do when I have fibroids during pregnancy?

Consult your doctor first. It will be difficult to treat fibroids while pregnant, but you can reduce the risk of complications by getting enough rest, staying hydrated, engaging in stress-reduction techniques, and eating nutritious foods.

 

Do fibroids cause complications during pregnancy?

A fibroid and fetus can coexist in most cases, but evidence shows that it may cause mild to severe complications including:

  • breech presentation (when a fetus’ buttocks or feet are positioned close to the cervix)
  • premature birth (when a baby is born earlier than 37 weeks)
  • placenta previa (when the placenta blocks part or all of the cervix before labor)
  • severe postpartum hemorrhage (heavy bleeding after giving birth)


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Menopause and Fibroids

Since estrogen and progesterone levels drop throughout menopause, fibroids are more common during reproductive years than at menopause.

70% – 80% of women are estimated to have fibroids at some point in their life. But, fibroids are more common during the reproductive years than during menopause, given the decrease of estrogen and progesterone.

However, with all the changes that occur during menopause, developing fibroids is still possible.. If this happens, empower yourself with the right knowledge to reverse fibroids and the wisdom to age gracefully.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

There are many treatment options for Uterine fibroids including surgical and non-surgical. 

A number of factors will influence your treatment plan, including:

  • The number of fibroids you have
  • The size of your fibroids
  • Where your fibroids are located
  • What symptoms you are experiencing related to fibroids
  • Your plans to get pregnant
  • Your desire for uterine preservation

Why Surgery Shouldn’t Be Your First Option

Surgery is expensive, invasive, and can have long-term consequences. Therefore, if you’re looking for fibroids treatment, it’s not the best option.

But, if you want to consider surgery, or need it because your fibroid(s) is really large, here are the two of the most common surgical procedures — hysterectomy (uterus removal) and myomectomy (fibroid removal).

As with any surgery, it’s helpful to know the potential risks, so you can prepare yourself: 

Possible Complications of a Hysterectomy

Blood clots, infection, hemorrhage, anesthetic complications, early menopause, low libido, depression, damage to your urinary tract, bladder, rectum, or other pelvic structures, which may require additional surgical repair. 

Possible Complications of a Myomectomy

Excessive blood loss, pregnancy or childbirth complications, the possibility of needing to undergo another surgery (hysterectomy) afterwards, the risk of a cancerous tumor spreading (if mistaken for a fibroid), or uterine rupture during pregnancy. 

Surgery can also result in scar tissue, which can have a negative impact on your pelvic floor’s health and overall performance. 

A non-surgical alternative to heal fibroids, although still minimally invasive, is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) where small particles are injected to block the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids causing them to shrink. However, this too may pose major complications

Why Natural Treatments Are The Best Way To Go

Holistic healing is the safest and lasting

We at Women Cycles believe in holistic healing — which is a “whole person” approach to healing that requires not only your body, but also your mind, spirit, and emotions to restore optimal health and wellness.

Instead of watchful waiting, or surgery, you can try some of these simple and safe ways to help your body dissolve tumors: 

Important note: Before starting any new routine, check with your doctor to make sure it won’t interfere with any medications you’re taking or your current condition. 

You Deserve to be Free from Fibroids Without Needing Surgery!

Having fibroids may seem like a nightmare, but getting surgery could even be worse — no one deserves that. What you deserve is the right knowledge, guiding and supporting you through the best options for healing, rather than diving into an invasive procedure, because you think you have ‘no other choice’. 

And who better to get this guidance and support from than other women who have been through similar experiences?

Fibroids can be a nightmare, but surgery isn't the only option to get rid of them; a holistic approach is the best way to go!

Women Cycles teachers have been where you have been and created courses and programs tailored to help you get better. Plus, this community is a safe place to learn, heal, and lead a healthy life.

Together, we’ll help you write a new story —
one of victory and triumph! 

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