Once you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, your next question is likely, “What treatment should I pursue?”
The answer to this question can be quite tricky, especially because there are several different treatments for fibroids, but the most commonly prescribe solution is a hysterectomy.
So if you are feeling a bit confused about your diagnosis and are unsure what to do, you are not alone and
you may have MORE options than you think!
Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus.
Uterine fibroids are the most common tumours within the female reproductive system and all women are at a potential risk of developing them. However, they are extremely prevalent in black women.
Black women are up to 5 times more likely to develop uterine fibroids with an earlier age of onset. It is estimated that Fibroids can effect up to 70% of black women.
Research has shown that widespread lack of knowledge and mistaken beliefs among many women about fibroids and alternative treatments, are major reasons why many women get a hysterectomy unnecessarily. A 2017 survey commissioned by the Society of Interventional Radiology, found that 20% believe a hysterectomy is the only treatment for uterine fibroids and 19% believe fibroids are cancerous and require the removal of the uterus.
For many women with fibroids, the desire for future pregnancy is an important part of the fibroid treatment decision-making process. If you’ve been told surgery is your only option, there are other safe options for women who desire future pregnancy.
"We Can Wear White" is The Jarrett Foundation's upcoming women's health campaign.
We will be targeting women across the UK who have had or still have fibroid problems.
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORIES!
We Want You To:
The Jarrett Foundation is collaborating with an International team of experts, who are all on a mission to make a difference in the UK and also train doctors across the entire Commonwealth, so that women are made aware of their choices and not have unnecessary hysterectomies.
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