Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow in or around the wall of the uterus, also known as myomas or leiomyomas. They are extremely common, affecting about three-quarters of women at some point in their life, and one of the most common reasons women undergo gynecologic surgery. They don’t always cause symptoms, but women with fibroids may experience heavy, prolonged, irregular, or painful menstrual bleeding, urinary or bowel problems, pain during intercourse, or complications with pregnancy (infertility or miscarriage). ( READ MORE )
Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis? If so, have you heard of Interstitial Cystitis? Did you know that painful menstrual cycles and painful intercourse may not only be due to endometriosis? Do you know that studies have shown that 50-84% of women with endometriosis may also have Interstitial Cystitis (I.C.)?
Whereas endometriosis is treated with either medical management or surgery, I.C. is not treated by surgery! That’s right. I.C. is known as “Endometriosis’ Evil Twin”. The symptoms of I.C. can be identical to endometriosis. Some women with I.C. may experience only pelvic pain, while others may also describe urinary frequency (urinating more than 7 times a day), urinary urgency, or getting up to urinate several times at night. ( READ MORE )
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