Why Uterine Fibroids Are the Most Commonly Overlooked Tumors in Women

Dr Lee Featured in Goop In a recent appointment, gynecologist Bruce Lee, MD, saw a woman who looked eight months pregnant. She wasn’t. But the benign tumors in her uterus had grown so large that it looked as if she might be. She was seeing Lee that day to get those tumors, called uterine fibroids, treated for the first time. The reason this patient had waited so long to get help, says Lee, is because the standard treatment for fibroids is a hysterectomy: a full removal of the uterus from the body. The patient didn’t want a hysterectomy, so she

Estrogen and Fibroids – You Will Be Surprised

There are many references online stating that a cause of fibroids is having “too much estrogen”. There are also statements that estrogen causes fibroid symptoms to worsen and makes fibroids grow. Therefore, it is good to give progestins (progesterone is a type of progestin) since they have anti-estrogen effects. This is not only false, but potentially harmful. If one grows fibroid cells in the lab, then exposes them to only progestin (ie, no estrogen), the fibroid cells grow. Progestins have repeatedly been shown to increase fibroid growth. Ironically, they can also decrease the heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids by

Menstrual Periods and Fibroids

Uterine/Vaginal Bleeding A menstrual “period” is the result of normal hormonal changes that tell the ovaries to ovulate or produce an egg. Menstrual periods are normal to have and they normally occur every 21 to 35 days in premenopausal women. They are triggered by a fall in progesterone levels in the blood which causes the endometrium (uterine lining) to shed. This shedding produces uterine/vaginal bleeding that normally lasts no more than 7 days. However, there are other types of uterine bleeding that may be misinterpreted as a menstrual period. The most frequent reason for abnormal uterine/vaginal bleeding that is not

Pandemic of Zika Virus Causes Major Birth Defect

An outbreak of a little known virus called the Zika virus has caused women infected during pregnancy to give birth to infants with microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head, mental retardation, and growth and developmental abnormalities. The outbreak is predominantly occurring in Brazil, where the Brazilian Health Ministry recently reported 3,530 cases of microcephaly and 46 infant deaths possibly linked to the virus. In 2015 at least 2,782 cases of microcephaly were reported compared to 147 in 2014. The number of cases is increasing daily, and the peak mosquito season is in April, bringing fears that the