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 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Uterine Fibroids
Two fibroid experts reveal the little-known facts about preventing and treating fibroid tumors—without surgery. Unfortunately, many women are not informed of their full treatment options by their physicians. At last, leading experts in the field explain preventive strategies and treatment choices. This book takes readers step-by-step, detailing what every woman needs to know and describing up-to-date medical treatment options, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
 Fibroids: The Complete Guide To Taking Charge of Your Emotional and Sexual Well-being
When Johanna Skilling was diagnosed with fibroid tumors, she was confused by treatment recommendations that ranged from "watch and wait" to total hysterectomy. Even more frustrated by the lack of data about fibroids, she set out to close the information gap. Skilling explores the medical, emotional, and sexual implications of a fibroid diagnosis simply and thoroughly; explains what fibroids are, what influences their growth, what to expect after a diagnosis, and how to live with fibroids if surgery isn't chosen; and discusses traditional and alternative treatments and the mind-body connection.
  The First Year - Fibroids: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Author Johanna Skilling explores the role of diet, exercise, and emotional well-being in managing fibroids. Arranged by day for the first week after diagnosis, by week for the first month, and by month for the remaining 11 months, the chapters are each divided into two sections, called "Living" and "Learning." The "Living" sections deal with issues and problems, while the "Learning" sections explain the more technical aspects of fibroids. Skilling provides practical tips, such as how to chart the growth of the fibroid and what to wear when you leave the hospital should you need surgery. Readers will find information on current research and medication, the pros and cons of various types of surgery, and hints on diet and lifestyle changes, including exercise and stress management.
 Fibroid Tumors and Endometriosis - Self Help Book
Solving the problems of heavy bleeding, cramps, pain, infertility, and other symptoms associated with fibroid tumors and endometriosis.
 Uterine Fibroids: Embolization and Other Treatments
Indicating a turning point for the future treatment of uterine fibroids, this study compares and contrasts conventional surgical treatments with the rapid emergence of uterine artery embolization as an alternative and less invasive procedure. Uterine fibroids, common benign tumors of the uterus and pelvis, are the single most common cause of surgery in women apart from childbirth. The volume provides a very comprehensive account of the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis and management of uterine fibroids.
 A Gynecologist's Second Opinion: The Questions and Answers You Need to Take Charge of Your Health
Written in Q&A Format, A Gynecologist's Second Opinion answers all the questions that patients actually have but that most doctors often don't have the time or the patience to answer. It addresses women's concerns while providing the facts needed to get appropriate care. The book was written with the idea that a woman should be a partner with her doctor in her health care, and the more information and understanding she had, the better off she would be.
  So You're Having a Hysterectomy
If you've been informed that you need a hysterectomy, this book is for you. Step by step, test by test, decision by decision, you'll know what to expect and what your choices are. Why are you having problems? Do you really need a hysterrectomy? What are the alternatives? Is it best to just "wait and see"? And if you do decide to go ahead, what type of hysterectomy procedure is right for you? From diagnosis to recovery, So You're Having a Hysterectomy is the ultimate guide for women facing this controversial surgery. Balanced, accurate information, real-life patient stories, and detailed illustrations give you the inside story on each medical procedure, while extensive self-help sections give you the power to find your own personal road to wellness—whatever you decide.
 Misinformed Consent: Women's Stories About Unnecessary Hysterectomy
The personal accounts in this collection were written by women who have undergone hysterectomies, and they offer a sobering perspective on the surgery. The potential risks and irreversible consequences of the surgery are presented to dispel popular beliefs that hysterectomies pose no medical or emotional risks. The stories and resources encourage individual women and the medical community at large to consider alternative and more effective treatment options.
 The Hysterectomy Hoax: The Truth About Why Many Hysterectomies are Unnecessary and How to Avoid Them
This vital health guide offers women the information they need to empower themselves in making critical health decisions. For example, surgery can often do more harm than good and may pose needless risks, except in situations involving a life-threatening illness such as cancer. However, surgeons often rely on hysterectomies as a panacea for everything from premenstrual syndrome to uterine fibroids. An important step in bridging the communication gap between patient and physician are the specific questions in this book for women to ask their doctors. Included is information about various gynecological conditions with suggestions for alternative treatments, such as endometriosis, uterine prolapse, ovarian cysts, and precancerous conditions.
 The No-Hysterectomy Option: Your Body--Your Choice
Goldfarb, a pioneer in gynecological laser surgery, provides an in-depth, comprehensive guide to avoiding what is the most frequently performed—and often unnecessary--operation in North America. While Goldfarb says, "doctors don't advocate hysterectomy for women because they are a bad lot . . . but because it is 'their operation'," he does emphasize that an "indicated" hysterectomy does not equal a "necessary" hysterectomy. He describes all treatment options and alternatives including hysteroscopy, laser myomectomy, and laser surgery. Also excellent is his coverage of endometriosis, fibroid tumors, cervical cancer, and other medical problems that often lead up to this surgery. Without giving false hope, this book helps women make informed decisions on this radical operation. Highly recommended for general and medical collections.
 It's A Sistah Thing: A Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Fibroids for Black Women
Even though this book deals with a common ailment (fibroids), it is unique because it specifically addresses African American women, who suffer from this condition three to nine times more often than women of other races. Written by an African American sufferer, this well-researched work pulls together an enormous amount of information on conventional and alternative therapies that will be useful to its readers. There are also checklists, questions to ask medical professionals, and exercises that solidify the information provided. The writing style intends to be friendly and welcoming, but at times it becomes too familiar and distracts the reader from the content of the book. Nonetheless, Brown's guide is informative, as it includes both a glossary and additional resources. While there are other titles on this topic (e.g., Johanna Skilling's Fibroids), this book will be especially suitable to patient education libraries or consumer health collections in public libraries that serve a large African American clientele.
 Sex Lies and the Truth About Uterine Fibroids
Carla Dionne, executive director of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation, assesses treatment options for this common condition. The most frequently recommended treatment is a hysterectomy; indeed, over 200,000 women per year undergo hysterectomies for this relatively benign disease, despite the fact that there are alternatives. Dionne herself successfully overcame fibroids by other means and is committed to letting other women know that hysterectomy is not the only course of treatment available. Thoroughly researched, her book arms women who suffer from uterine fibroids with important information and, even more importantly, options for good health.
 Bloody Monday: Fibroid Tumors - My Ordeal
Doctors don't know why fibroid tumors develop, and often recommend some form of surgery to control or eliminate the symptoms. This book tells about a woman's search to control her fibroid tumors without surgery.
 Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure
Allan Warshowsky, a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist and director of the Women's Program at Beth Israel Hospital's Center for Health and Healing in New York, and Oumano, a certified yoga teacher and bodywork practitioner, combine Western medicine and holistic methods to point the way to optimal health and the avoidance of surgery. After a brief look at surgical procedures and the relationship of hormones and the menstrual cycle to fibroids, they devote chapters to diet, supplements, herbal remedies, exercise, emotional healing, and the effects of environmental toxins, especially xenoestrogens.
 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone
The classic bestseller that has helped nearly a million women discover the answer to menopause is now revised and updated. Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, low sex drive, hair loss, fibroids, and osteoporosis-most women will experience these or other hormone- related problems at some point as they age. In clear, easy-to-understand language, an internationally recognized expert explains the benefits of using progesterone and other natural hormones to reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms safely and effectively-without the harmful side effects created by commonly used synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Dr. Lee explains why conventional HRT drugs can be harmful and offers an easy-to-follow non-prescription 'Hormone Balance' program that tells readers how to stay energized, strong, and sexually vigorous during the menopausal years and beyond.

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"Having the Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedure to treat my fibroids was one of the best things I have done for myself in the past few years. I was able to have UFE and retain my uterus and improve my well being. Possibly the greatest benefit has been an increase in my energy level. I really haven't felt so good in several years."
Denise, age 45
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