Fibroids – basic facts about fibroids and the uterus Fibroids are benign tumours and are present in the vast majority of female uteri. Most women will die of old age and never be aware that they had fibroids, or experience symptoms from their fibroids. As mentioned in other articles on this site, fibroids can causesevere problems such as pain, bleeding or infertility. The good news is that fibroids can now be treated without hysterectomy. Gynaecologists often recommend hysterectomy but there are many other options. A hysterectomy does guarantee a cure for fibroids but many hysterectomies are carried out unnecessarily. A hysterectomy is like squashing a gnat with a hammer. Natural holistic treatments, lifestyle changes, medical treatments, uterine fibroid embolization, and less invasive types of surgery are able to control or shrink fibroids in most women without resorting to removal of the entire uterus. Thus enabling women to enjoy a normal pain free life again. Fibroids tend to run in families. They are more common in educated women. It is not known why, but black women have a much higher incidence of fibroids than white, Hispanic or Asian women. Fibroids are more common in women who have never had children. Other medical factors that increasethe risk of fibroids include: obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. The role of the uterus is to support new life in the form of a growing fetus. The uterus is not a disposable organ. It may not be as important to life as the heart or liver but it does play an important role in the health of a woman. The uterus appears to play a role in a women’s normal hormonal balance, and may be involved in orgasm and sexual response. The uterus is also an important symbolic organ for women, a confirmation of their femininity and a physical representation of their role in carrying on the human race. Not many women (or men) want to lose a part of their body. The womb has been shrouded in myth and mystery throughout the ages. The uterus was looked upon by the Egyptians as a type of free-roaming animal that moved around a women’s body and that could act independently of the women herself. Over the millennia the womb has been seen as a source of vitality and energy, as an organ that enables a women to maintain her youth and attractiveness, and as a sexual organ. The uterus is vital for the continuation of the human race. It is the only location on earth that a fertilized human egg can grow into a newborn baby. The uterus has amazing properties. Many gynaecologists however barely hesitate before removing it. Many doctors view the uterus as having limited usefulness. Here are some quotes from gynaecological textbooks: “… the uterus is essentially only a baby carriage,…”. “If a women is 35 or 40 years old and has an organ that is diseaseprone and of little or no further use, it might as well be removed”
A gynaecologist has compared hysterectomy for fibroids with removing a man’s testicles for a benign tumour on one testicle. “we want to take your testicles, but we’ll guarantee you’ll never get another benign tumour”, the doctor may say to the frightened man. “But my testicles are part of me,” the man complains. “These are part of my body, and I would like to keep them.” This example may seem ridiculous but some surgeons are advising a similar answer to women. “Just remove that little uterus and you will be rid of fibroids forever.” Fortunately times have changed. Hysterectomy is no longer the only answer for troublesome fibroids.