Published in Women's Health Weekly, February 13th, 2003
Uterine fibroids afflict 20-50% of women aged 35-50. Symptoms can include extremely heavy menstrual bleeding, severe pelvic pain, an abnormally enlarged uterus, and pain during intercourse. For women with very large or serious cases of fibroid tumors, the standard treatment is either hysterectomy or myomectomy (a surgical procedure where doctors cut out each fibroid and attempt to keep the uterus intact). In Canada, there are some 55,000 hysterectomies performed annually; about a third of...
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