Dr Oz Fibroids:
Dr Oz did a segment on Fibroids, which could be causing your bloating and pelvic pain. Doctor Oz said that 70% of women will have Fibroids at some point, so he brought on Dr Evelyn Minaya to show how an easy ultrasound can be used during a Gynecological Exam to monitor this condition. The uterus is the organ that we take out unnecessarily more often than any other organ in America, and this is often done because of Fibroids. So, how do you know whether you should consider removing your uterus if you have Fibroids? What are the Fibroid Symptoms we should all look for? What are risk factors for getting Fibroids? And if you do not have your uterus removed, what other Fibroid Treatments are available? Here is a summary of what Dr Oz said about all of these topics:
Dr Oz: Fibroid Symptoms
- Heavy Periods
- Pelvic Pain
- Frequent Urination
- Back Pain
Dr Oz said that 600,000 women have their uterus taken out because of Fibroids, but probably around 2/3 of them are unnecessary as long as you have them monitored. If you have some or all of the Fibroid Symptoms above, you should schedule a doctor’s appointment with your ObGyn to have a Trasvaginal Ultrasound.
Dr Oz: Transvaginal Ultrasound for Fibroids
Doctor Oz had Dr Evelyn Minaya demonstrate how an ObGyn would do a Transvaginal Ultrasound to detect fibroids. Your doctor will take a probe that is covered with a condom, and place it inside of you. The probe vibrates because it is taking pictures. It can be a little cold and intimidating at first, but Dr Minaya said that it does not hurt. The ultrasound helps your doctor to delineate the lining inside of your uterus and can be used to measure both your uterine lining as well as the size of your Fibroids.
Dr Oz Fibroid Risk Factors:
Dr Evelyn Minaya told Dr Oz that the following people have the highest risk of getting Fibroids:
1. Latin Women
2. African American Women
3. Overweight Women (especially women with high BMI or Body Mass Index)
4. Women with a family history of Fibroids
Dr Oz asked Dr Minaya who should have their fibroids or uterus removed and who should not. She said that Fibroids are like real estate, it is all about location, location, location. If your Fibroids are not bothering your uterine lining, then you do not have to have them removed. And if you are in doubt, definitely seek a second, third, fourth, or even fifth opinion until you feel comfortable with whatever decision you make.
Dr Oz: Phytoestrogens Fibroid Treatment
Dr Oz said that if you do not have your uterus or Fibroids removed, there are still things you can do at home to reduce your Fibroids. For example, you can eat foods that are rich in Phytoestrogens such as tofu, soy and flaxseed oil.