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Uterine Fibroids and Toxic Substances in Daily Use Products

Uterine fibroids and toxic substances in daily use products

Scientists at Northwestern University have shown that certain chemicals used in frequently used products are linked to an increase in uterine fibroids, the most common tumors among women worldwide.

Uterine fibroids or fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors composed of muscular and fibrous tissue that affect thousands of women during childbearing years. Although the exact causes of its appearance are not known, it is considered that both hormonal factors and genetic and environmental factors are involved in its evolution.

Up to 8 out of 10 of all women may develop a uterine fibroid in their lifetime. Depending on the size and location of the uterine fibroid, one in four women with fibroids may experience infertility, miscarriage, excessive uterine bleeding, menstrual periods that last longer than normal, anemia, lower back pain, or discomfort during sexual intercourse.

One in four women with fibroids may experience infertility, miscarriage, excessive uterine bleeding, anemia, or discomfort during sexual intercourse.”

El new study has shown that the women with high exposure to certain chemicals such as DEHP (phthalates used as a plasticizer in shower curtains, automobile upholstery, and shoes, among many others) are at high risk of symptomatic fibroid.

The scientists found that DEHP exposure can activate a hormonal pathway that prompts an environmentally sensitive receptor (AHR) to bind to DNA and cause further growth of uterine fibroids.

Although there have been some regulatory restrictions in European Union countries, DEHP is still widely used for the packaging of food and health products around the world.

SYMPTOMS OF UTERINE FIBROIDS

The main symptoms of uterine fibroids or fibromas (benign non-cancerous tumors) are the following:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Menstrual periods that last longer than normal
  • Sensation of weight in the lower abdomen
  • Pressure in the bladder and the need to urinate more frequently. It occurs with large fibroids that press on the bladder.
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Anemia
  • Pain in the lower back (low back pain). They are usually produced by large fibroids.

It is estimated that between 10 and 30% of women with fibroids present complications related to fertility and pregnancy, and twice as likely to miscarry as women who do not have fibroids.

TREATMENT OF UTERINE FIBROIDS

If the fibroids do not cause discomfort, it is not necessary to start treatment, but it is advisable to periodically monitor their evolution.

If you plan to become a mother, go to your gynecologist's office because it may be convenient to eliminate fibroids through the most appropriate medical and/or surgical treatment for your circumstances.

Many women suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, but delay treatment because they consider the symptoms they suffer to be "normal" or because they are unaware that there is so much non-surgical treatments very effective, like minimally invasive surgery with a virtually zero risk of complications and a very fast recovery.

Benefits of radiofrequency treatment of uterine fibroids

The removal of fibroids with radiofrequency is a non-aggressive and practically painless procedure that is performed vaginally.

It is a technique that does not leave scars and is especially indicated for those women who want to preserve their fertility and seek pregnancy a few months after treatment.

Radiofrequency treatment is performed with sedation and in the operating room, it lasts approximately 30 minutes and the patient can return home a few hours after the intervention.

It is an intervention that allows the patient to quickly return to her daily life and, if she wishes, she can start looking for a pregnancy a few months later.

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