As I speak to more and more women, I hear stories about 26/25 year old women who have to make one of the biggest decisions in their lives. They are being asked whether they should they keep their uteruses or have them removed.
I know that when I was diagnosed I absolutely dreaded being asked, “so when are you having kids?” Like it was something that I was just holding out on because I was being too independent or something. But the truth was, I wasn’t in a relationship and I didn’t want to have a kid out of wedlock. Is it so wrong to want to be the first person in my family to have my first child inside the confines of a marriage?
I even had one doctor say, “you should just do it, what the big deal?” As if to say being a single mother is no big deal.
According to a 2010 study, 72 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers, a sharp contrast to the 24 percent detailed in the Moynihan Report.- Huffington Post
So this doctor and others like him are willing to make me and thousands like me a statistic. I don’t know if these doctors know the kind of life that they are suggesting to people! There are greater ramifications to raising a child on your own than just that ‘having a child while you can.’
When I first sought treatment I went to fibroids.com and went to see Dr. McLucas who was rude to me bc I didn’t have insurance – and they suggest only UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization). He did not ask me if I wanted to preserve my fertility. He just passed me off to another dr. at UCLA who does UFE through the state – where my not having insurance might not be as much of a problem.
I ended up meeting with another doctor who asked me if I ever wanted to conceive – I said yes, and she then informed me that UFE is NOT the way to go because what UFE will do is send beads up the uterus and they can imbed themselves anywhere. While intended to go to the fibroid there is a chance that they may go somewhere else, which reduces fertility.
As you can see from the graph above UFE is not right for those TTC (Trying to Conceive) or if you even think you may want to conceive in the future.
If hysterectomy is the only thing that you can foresee as an option for you – the symptoms have gotten too far out of control – UFE is a good alternative.
However if it’s between UFE and Myomectomy and you want those kiddos – myomectomy would be the way to go. Laparoscopic or robot assisted (Da Vince Method) might be the way to go. Or the all natural way!!! Sleep on it.