Fibroids...don't lose Ur U! (uterus).
Updated: Feb 8
Did you know about 30 percent of all women get fibroids by age 35 and almost 80 percent of women will have fibroids by age 50. Black women are more likely to have them, and to get them at a younger age. The cause of fibroids is unknown. About 40 percent of fibroids will grow during pregnancy, usually within the first three months. Who knew? I sure didn't until one day while visiting in Chicago, I decided to get a colon cleanse. During the procedure the nurse pressed on my stomach and asked did I have fibroids. Fibroids? I responded uh no I don't why are you asking me that? She stated she felt "something" and that I should get it checked. The thing was I didn't know, I just assumed I didn't.
Fast forward months later when I was struck with a sharp pain in my side that sent me to the ER is when it was confirmed that I did have fibroids on and in my uterus. Thankfully I haven't experienced the severe heavy bleeding and pain but I know many women do suffer terribly.
So after going to my doctor to find out the size and state of my fibroids along with what options I had, I was told that I could A. do nothing and wait to hit menopause and they may shrink. B. to remove the fibroids or my entire uterus through surgery either with the DaVinci robot or a cesarean cut. WTH! Now remember my fibroids weren't affecting me that bad so surgery just seemed a bit much.
So I immediately remember meeting Dr. John Lipman a few years ago when we both spoke at a women's empowerment event. He spoke about an alternative option other than surgery for dealing with fibroids. So I called his wife to make an appointment so I could get that second opinion. What I learned is there's another procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization. It's a non-evasive out patient procedure with minimum downtime.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical method of uterine fibroid treatment. The method is based on blocking the blood flow to all fibroids, which leads to their independent extinction.
UFE has many advantages, but the main one is that UFE allows to keep the patient’s uterus fully functional without risks and complications of a fibroid surgery. This minimally invasive procedure allows a woman to return to a normal life in a short time. Now that sounds like a better option to me.
Thankfully, Dr. Lipman informed me that in fact I don't need surgery nor the UFE right now. If my symptoms change and I start to experience pain, heavy bleeding and so forth, then I should come back to see him. Now that's what i'm talking about, a doctor that cares and is honest.
Dr. Lipman is Board Certified in Radiology as well as Vascular and Interventional Radiology and has performed over 7,000 Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedures – the world’s most experienced UFE physician, author of numerous articles for academic and medical journals. Has delivered over 200 invited lectures focused on uterine fibroids and UFE at national and international conferences specializes in fibroid treatment – UFE is Dr. Lipman’s principal area of practice
Dr. Lipman believes we don't have to lose our U (uterus ) and quite frankly I don't want to. I need her! God gave it to me and I'm suppose to have all my body parts lol. So if you are suffering from fibroids please do yourself a favor and call Dr. Lipman to find out your options and so you don't have to lose ur u! Please follow Dr. Lipman and his "DON'T LOSE UR U!" movement @dr_lipman.