Posted by: gina | 2004/10/22

Causes of fibroid/myom

I am 43 years old, never had children and very healthy. I am not overweight and regularly go to gym. I have also a very healthy lifestyle. I do not eat fatty foods and try do do the right things in life. I have a very stressful job which I love. I want to know what causes a fibroid/myom? I feel that I may have done something to warrant this growth. I have read up on the origin of the fibroid, but cannot understand whether I did something wrong.
I need to go for a hysterectomy and the fibroid is 7 inches big. It is apparantly behind the uterus..Is there a possibility that it can be cancerous? I do not have trouble with it at the moment except go the toilet more often. The gynea has indicated that she will leave the ovaries. I feel I have failied as a woman, because it is the first time in my life that I have to go for a operation. I am also scared. Could you give me advice what to do. I am also too ashamed to tell my parent and my friends. Only my partner knows and he is very supportive, but still.

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Fibroids are dependent on hormones and not caused by anything one does. They are very common over the age of 40 years. About 50% of women have fibroids of some size. There is nothing to be ashamed of and you should certainly not feel that you have failed as a woman. The chances of cancer are very low. Unfortunately, as on gets older the chances of illnesses and operations increases.

Anneloubser, please post your question as a seperate posting.

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Posted by: Anneloubser | 2004/10/23

I'm 48 years old, married, and have three children. As I have problems with breast lumps and fore-ever some or other threat when I go for mammogram, I was advised never to use Premarin.I can sense that I'm most definately approaching the menopause as I now have my periods every 2 weeks, which I find tiring. Also have myom in uterus which my doctor said was harmless. Can you please advise me on herbal medication I can use that will be safe in this instance to replace Premarin?I must admit that I experience fatigue, forgetfulness and mostly. Thanks a lot for advise - looking forward to reply.

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