An Association Between Fibroids and Depression?

Fibroids & Depression

It’s human nature to experience intense bouts of emotion; both happy and sad. Short-lived feelings of despair and distress may even have an evolutionary benefit, because negative feelings often push us to take productive action. But a prolonged negative emotional state is undesirable. And ultimately, unbearable.

The Mayo Clinic reports twice as many women as men experience depression in their lives. Some of the contributing factors are hormonal imbalances, health complications and unexpected life changes.

pain related to fibroidsUterine fibroid symptoms such as pain, extreme bleeding, weight gain, and discomfort during sex, are often severe enough and constant enough to upset daily life. Pain affects mood. Uncontrolled bleeding causes anxiety and shame. Confidence erodes. Sexual intimacy is difficult. And feelings of isolation and helplessness take over. Suddenly, a woman with fibroids and associated fibroid symptoms becomes a woman with depression.

Obviously, the solution is to seek fibroid treatment. Traditionally, this involves surgery; either a hysterectomy, (removal of the uterus), or a myomectomy, (surgical removal of fibroids). But fear of surgery paralyzes so many women. So fibroids go unchecked. And fibroid-related depression grows.

The good news is that fibroid treatment has changed dramatically. While surgery is an option, it’s not the only option. A minimally invasive approach, Uterine Artery Embolization, offers a safe and very effective way to end fibroids without the risks, recovery time, or discomfort of surgery. The real challenge is education. Too many women are simply unaware this non-surgical solution exists. Or that it can get them back to health, both physically and emotionally.

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