Diagnosis and Treatment

Pelvic examinations, by a medical practitioner (and not your Aunty who just thinks she can) are a good way to diagnose medium to large uterine fibroids. However, and even more effective diagnosis mode is by ultrasound, also carried out by a medical practitioner. Whether with the transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasounds, the location, number and size of the fibroids can be easily determined.

Treatment can either be surgical or non-surgical. The surgical route can be via myomectomy or hysterectomy surgery. The myomectomy involves removing these fibroids, whilst still leaving the uterus in place. This is the preferred surgical treatment choice for the woman interested in preserving her fertility. The downside to this method is the possibility of regrowth of these fibroids. A hysterectomy, on the other hand, involves the removal of the uterus in its entirety, and is considered major abdominal surgery.

Still on surgical treatment, a less invasive mode is the laparoscopic myomectomy, which removes fibroids through several very small abdominal incisions. It involves a small incision in, or near, the bellybutton, from which a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen.

There is also the vaginal myomectomy option, which is a less common, but definitely more advantageous mode to remove large fibroids. It is conducted via a vaginal incision, through which fibroids are removed.

The most common non-surgical fibroid treatment/removal method in this part of the world has to be the use of herbal medicine. Whilst herbs like black cohosh, siberian ginseng, red clover, goldenseal, red raspberry, licorice root, dong quai, motherwort, etc., are all credited with the ability to shrink fibroids, on the local scene researchers have confirmed that a special blend of alligator pepper, castor oil plant, coconut (and West African black pepper is an effective remedy for shrinking and eliminating fibroids.

I have made mention of this PAX herbal supplements, made by some Monks in Ewu, Edo State. I have been taking it for about a year, to manage the renegade fibroid that has regrown since my last myomectomy, especially as I do not intend to have surgery for it anytime soon. I have to say that it has greatly eased my symptoms. Some of my closest friends and family, whom I have recommended it to, have also reported great improvements in their symptoms.

Another non-surgical treatment is the UFE (uterine fibroid embolization). Okay, I am still trying to grasp my head around this method. It is performed by a radiologist, and basically involves blocking blood supply to the fibroid, thus causing it to shrink and die. It does not require any anaesthesia, and is noted to be very effective for multiple and/or large fibroids. It is also reported to reduce the incidence of fibroid recurrence.

I have also recently encountered some other extremely controversial fibroid treatment methods. A friend of mine takes some sort of monthly injection, which is supposed to shrink the fibroid(s). I didn’€™t bother to note the name, as the minute I found out it mimics menopause, I promptly lost interest. My poor friend suffers from horrible hot flashes, non-existent libido, amongst other horrid symptoms. And I am not convinced it will be that easy to switch the fertility button once the treatment is stopped. So, dear friends, I wouldn’t go there.

The other controversial treatment I discovered recently is a non-conventional/alternative one. An acquaintance told me about a Traditional Medicine Practitioner who inserts some medical concoction in the uterus, which will in turn kill the fibroid. Now, here’€™s the scary part. The fibroid allegedly detaches itself from the uterine wall and is dispensed from the body from the vagina. Yikes!!!! This acquaintance of mine claims to know women, first-hand, who have been cured of their fibroid this way. Okay, I have to admit that I’€™m torn about this. Really torn. On the one hand, the mere idea of inserting God-knows-what in my vagina is scary…especially as one can never be 100% sure of the components of such a concoction. But on the other hand, surgery, I believe, should always be the last option, and if there is a way to cure fibroid without having to go under the knife…it could be worth a shot. Because I’€™m still on the fence about this method, I will not share any information about this Traditional Medical Practitioner on the site, but you could send me a private message if you want me to send you the info. But CAVEAT EMPTOR oh!!! Buyer beware…lol!