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Do you know that 80% of all women develop fibroids till the age of 50, although, most of them remain asymptomatic? If fibroids are this much common, you must have some knowledge about this disease. So,

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are basically abnormal growth in the female uterus.

It is the most common occurring benign tumor of the female genital tract but it does not receive that much ‘respect’ probably because its clinical incidence is almost half of its histological incidence.

What are the types of fibroids?

It can be subserosal, intramural, or submucosal if it is present outside on the surface of the body; in the middle/muscular layer; or inside just below the mucosa, of the uterus, respectively.

Subserosal fibroids are termed as pedunculated if they grow with a stalk-like projection.

What are the causes of fibroids?

Causes of fibrosis are not that much clear, however, following fit the best;

  • Mostly due to high levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. (These hormones are involved in the regeneration of uterus lining after menstruation, and that’s why their excess production causes abnormal growths in the uterus.)
  • Genetics. fibroids run in families
  • Deficiency of micronutrients like vitamin D (as it inhibits cellular proliferation and extracellular matrix production in fibroids)

What puts you at risk of fibroids?

You may be at risk if you have,

  • >30 years of age
  • Positive family history
  • Pregnancy
  • African-American
  • Vitamin D deficiency – etc.

What are the symptoms?

It depends…. If you have submucosal fibroids, you may experience profuse menstrual bleeding. On the other hand, if growths are small or developed after menopause, you may remain asymptomatic.

Symptoms may include,

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual phase
  • Pelvic pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent micturition (urination)
  • Constipation

So, if you are in your 40s, and are having abnormally prolonged and profuse menstruation with pelvic pain, go see your doctor. You may have fibroids.

How are the fibroids diagnosed?

Gynecologists can diagnose fibroids on pelvic examination but they may need more test for confirmation like,

  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the pelvis – it gives a clearer picture of the condition of the uterus, as well as other pelvic organs like ovaries, etc.

How to treat fibroids?

Treatment options relate to the severity of symptoms but medications are typically the first line of therapy while invasive surgery is definitive but should be last resort.

  • Medications
    • For suppressing the symptoms of fibroids, you can take anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), pain killers, etc.
    • For shrinking fibroids, you can use Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) agonist as well as the antagonist which acts by reducing estrogen/progesterone levels, and decreasing production of FSH/LH, respectively.
  • Surgery

If medications are not giving good results or the fibroids are large, surgeons perform,

  • Myomectomy – limited removal of the uterus, typically only the muscular layer
  • Hysterectomy – complete removal of the uterus in which case, you will not be able to bear a child again.
  • Minimally invasive: Uterine fibroid embolization
    • A newer treatment option that is gaining traction and involves targeted blood flow reduction of fibroid leading to its shrinkage and ultimate expulsion from the body.
    • This therapy is now available in an office setting as well in select geographies. Five Clinics, specializing in the treatment of Fibroids and Veins is one such center in central Ohio delivering this cutting edge treatment in an office. More information at www.fiveclinics.com

1)National Uterine Fibroids Foundation. (2010). Retrieved July 22, 2020, from http://nuff.org/health_statistics.htm

2)Okolo, S. (2008). Incidence, etiology, and epidemiology of uterine fibroids. Best practice & research Clinical obstetrics & gynecology22(4), 571-588.

3)Baird, D. D., Hill, M. C., Schectman, J. M., & Hollis, B. W. (2013). Vitamin D and risk of uterine fibroids. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)24(3), 447.

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Acupuncture work

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at a Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points on the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, and antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points in the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair, and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

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