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6Hypnone
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I have one about size of a softball, causing me to look pregnant and pushing on my bladder.

I went to a new obg...one I picked b/c her bio said she was all about bio identical hormones and leaned to holistic...but when I asked her about balancing my hormones, she referred me to a holistic dr in the practice...which is ok, but so misleading. As that dr does not take my insurance and also, most likely, won't accept out of pocket...they want you to use drs that use your insurance. What I DO NOT GET is I'm willing to pay you MONEY but you will not take me b/c I have some sort of insurance? WHAT bull IS THAT???

Anyway...
I think I am estrogen dominant but will have to see a dr that knows aobut that to see how much bio id progesterone cream I should use.

1) I have seen on a fibroid website that hormonal issues, and thus, treatments CAN shrink a fibroid. This new doc I saw today said that cannot be done. Ok, not going back there again. Has anyone found this to be the case, even a little?

2) For those that are considering actual removal, or have done it, what was your preferred procedure? I've seen there are 9 procedures that can be done (also NOT what was said by my doc...she said there was 1 or 2...gee that was worth the hour drive...)

They are:
*Uterine Artery Embolization (catheter)
*Myomectamy (removal of fibroid)
*Hysterectomy
*MR Guided focused ultrasound therapy (curawave) uses contrast [non invasive]
*Laser
*Robot-Assisted Myomectomy or Robotic Myomectomy
*Abdominal Myomectomy
*Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Myomectomy (LAVM)
*Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

(source: https://uterine-fibroids.org/)

Unfortunately, I cannot do the non invasive treatment b/c I'm allergic to contrast. Gee isn't that my luck. I'm trying to decide, if needed, what the next best option is (if hormone balancing doesnt' work) I've also NEVER had any type of surgery, other than wisdom teeth.

Id really appreciate some input.

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The treatment is usually with male hormones (or lots of progesterone? I can't remember) and you will feel horrible. No guarantee it will work either.

I had a full hysterectomy because I also had a bad case of endometriosis.

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Testosterone? Well mine is a bit low there too. And from what I've read over at restartmed, by a holistic DO whose specialty is hormones, you *should* only feel badly if you're either using the cream too much or too little, using it in the wrong area of your body, or using the wrong dose. I have no exp of course, but he really reiterated that. Also, some women cannot tolerate the cream and should go the oral route.
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Look up the hormone treatment for fibroids. All I remember is that the treatment is not fun.

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Ok yah I did. That's synthetic crap, which I'd never use. Only bio-identical will I consider. Never use progestins or birth control pills.

"Progesterone Cream vs Birth Control Medications
Progesterone cream should also be differentiated from birth control formulations.

Birth control formulations usually consist of progesterone-like compounds known as progestins or progestagens.

These compounds are NOT bio-identical which means they are not metabolized exactly the same way that progesterone is in your body.

Pharmaceutical companies can not patent biological hormones and compounds so they generally opt to produce synthetic versions of various hormones.

The idea is that these synthetic versions look similar to the naturally occurring progesterone compound and they, therefore, are metabolized in a similar way.

This isn't entirely true and is one of the reasons that birth control medications may cause various symptoms that bio-identical progesterone does not.

The metabolism of birth control pills results in compounds that the body is not used to producing and they may have some activity on both progesterone and estrogen receptors in various tissues.

For the sake of this article, it's important to realize that progesterone cream and birth control medications are completely different compounds and should not be considered the "same".

Some studies suggest (12) that the use of bio-identical hormones should be the "standard" due to their safety profiles, especially when compared to synthetic hormones. "

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